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Wednesday June 27, 2012

Allegations Against Travolta Continue: Cruise Worker Fabian Zanzi Sues For Sexual Assault

Allegations Against Travolta Continue: Cruise Worker Fabian Zanzi Sues For Sexual Assault

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John Travolta is now being sued by a man who says he sexually assaulted him on a cruise ship.

Fabian Zanzi was working on a Royal Caribbean cruise in 2009 when, according to the lawsuit, Travolta exposed himself and propositioned him for sex.

Zanzi claims the Grease star ordered food and asked that Zanzi bring it to his room. When he arrived, Zanzi claims Travolta asked for a neck massage, stripped, and pulled Zanzi in close to him.

The actor then allegedly told the cruise worker, “Take me, I will take care of you, please.” Zanzi claims that when he resisted Travolta offered him $12,000 to keep quiet about the encounter.

In a statement given to Gossip Cop, Travolta’s lawyer called Zanzi’s lawsuit “ludicrous” and the claims “inane”.

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.

Zanzi’s claims are only the latest to come out against Travolta. Massage therapist John Trusedule filed a sexual battery suit earlier this year only to withdraw it, some say in exchange for six-figures of hush money. Even before Truesdale filed his lawsuit, another masseur claimed Travolta grabbed him during the massage before asking the masseur to “perform a sexual act on him.”