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John Travolta

No Arbitration in

Cruise Ship Massage Suit

2/4/2013 7:45 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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A federal judge cleared the decks for John Travolta's legal battle with a cruise ship employee -- who claims the star exposed himself -- to play out in open court.

On Friday the judge shut down an argument from Travolta's attorneys that his ticket for the 2009 Royal Caribbean cruise liner included an agreement to settle all disputes between a passenger and the company through arbitration.

As TMZ first reported ... cruise ship steward Fabian Zanzi sued Travolta last June -- claiming the actor exposed his penis in his stateroom and forcibly embraced Zanzi after asking him for a neck massage.

In Friday's ruling, the judge basically said there's no evidence Zanzi is bound by the arbitration agreement between Travolta and Royal Caribbean.

The upshot is this could be headed for trial unless a settlement is reached -- which is common in cases where one side wants to avoid a public trial. So, the judge blocking arbitration also effectively drives up the price on a potential settlement ... though we don't know that's happening in this particular case.

Travolta's attorney has called Zanzi's suit a "ludicrous" attempt to grab "15 minutes of fame" -- and believes Travolta will be "completely vindicated in court."

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46.

Zambonie    

I will never forgive QT for reviving this guys career

440 days ago
47.

Gretel    

He looks like an old GI Joe doll that my aunt saved.

440 days ago
48.

Jody    

I personally have never seen a straight guy give another man a kiss on the lips like John did his pilot that time.

440 days ago
49.

EasilyHard    

20 cases MUST BE HEARSAY? MICHAEL HACKSON VOICE

440 days ago
50.

kronenburg    

He'll pay the guy off - no way he's gonna let this go to court. All this closeted self-loathing is really hitting Vinnie Barbarino hard in the wallet. Is it really worth it, Johnny?

440 days ago
51.

Jeffrey    

Is that a twill rug hes wearing??

440 days ago
52.

Rhonda    

I could care less if he's bi, or not...has nothing to do with his acting abilities.I have always believed that where there's smoke, there is usually a fire, and the gay rumors about John have been smoking for a long time.

440 days ago
53.

Rhonda    

I could care less if he's bi, or not...has nothing to do with his acting abilities.I have always believed that where there's smoke, there is usually a fire, and the gay rumors about John have been smoking for a long time.

440 days ago
54.

sleepwalker451    

What the heck happened to his hair? it may actually be some type of helmet, possibly with a chin strap.

440 days ago
55.

still2easy    

That dude is a bonofide creep and molester-time to come out then go away-far far away

440 days ago
56.

Yes    

To Kelly: Better shape up, cuz I need a man; who will keep me satisfied."

From John

440 days ago
57.

DeeMaree    

Rol is reporting that his guy has dropped this lawsuit against Travolta.

439 days ago
58.

J Wang    

To be refused service by Intercontinental Hotel In Atlanta would be a clear indication that he had done someone inappropriate and these type of news kept on coming out. Does that raise a suspection that he is gay? I have also heard some infamous stories that he patronized many spa and doing unspeakable things with other patrons as well. It is devestating to his career in order to get roles as a Gay Actors. Notice Tab Hunter and George Takai waited until they retire to come out? Hollywood is NOT homophobic but being it works like Lance Armstrongs drug controversy without taking all the benefits away. It can mean the death of your career for many up and coming actors. If they are gay, they can be found in sex clubs in many cities.

439 days ago
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