The season has been a hectic one for John Travolta, who is in the heat of another legal battle over alleged sexual misconduct; this time, it’s with a cruise ship employee. On Thursday, June 21, Fabian Zanzi, a staff member on the Royal Caribbean cruise line, is suing Travolta for assault and battery and emotional distress, reports People.
Zanzi’s claims are as such: Travolta approached Zanzi as he was delivering room service to the actor’s cabin about the Royal Caribbean; Travolta then disrobed, pressed against him and stated, “Take me, I will take care of you, please.” Additionally, Travolta is said to have bribed Zanzi with $12,000 to keep the incident a secret. All of this is said to have occurred in June of 2009.
Hollywood.com reached out to representatives for Travolta, who offered this statement from the actor’s lawyer, Martin D. Singer:
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.”This news follows the recent claim from author Robert Randolph that Travolta once assaulted him while the two were involved in a sexual relationship, as well as cases from early May involving Travolta with other cruise line employees.
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