John Travolta Sued For Sexual Assault By Cruise Worker; Actor’s Camp Slams Claims
By Michael Lewittes | 3:02 pm, June 25th, 2012
Fabian Zanzi, a former worker on the Royal Caribbean cruise line, claims Travolta exposed himself to Zanzi and propositioned him for sex during a 2009 cruise.
In his lawsuit, Zanzi says the Pulp Fiction star ordered food and requested that the steward bring it to his room.
When inside, alleges Zanzi, Travolta asked for a neck massage, then dropped his robe and embraced the worker.
Zanzi goes on to allege that Travolta then told him he was “beautiful” and said, “Take me, I will take care of you, please.”
The cruise worker says he resisted Travolta’s advances, and the actor offered him $12,000 in return for his silence about the incident.
Travolta’s camp is now slamming the man’s allegations, saying in a statement to Gossip Cop, “This is another ludicrous lawsuit with inane claims. It is obvious that Mr. Zanzi and his lawyers are looking for their 15 minutes of fame.”
Full full statement below.
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Statement From John Travolta’s Lawyer:
“This is another ludicrous lawsuit with inane claims. It is obvious that Mr. Zanzi and his lawyers are looking for their 15 minutes of fame.
The lawsuit’s ridiculous claims are completely contradicted by what Mr. Zanzi told his employer back in 2009 when he was being disciplined for his own violations of company policy. In his handwritten report three years ago, the only physical contact he claimed occurred was allegedly touching my client’s neck. The inappropriate conduct he alleges in his lawsuit is absent from his written report he submitted at the time. That glaring omission speaks volumes. Also calling his credibility into question is his dubious allegation that his employer supposedly restrained him in a room on the cruise ship for five days, yet after that supposedly occurred, Mr. Zanzi continued to work for Royal Caribbean for years, on multiple ships. Now, after waiting three years, and after getting paid to tell his story to the media, Mr. Zanzi has filed this absurd lawsuit.
We are confident that my client will prevail on the merits and that he will be completely vindicated in court.”