John Travolta denies cruise ship employee's sexual assault allegations
John Travolta has issued a statement, denying all sexual assault allegations filed by a former cruise ship employee, who claimed he "forcefully embraced" him in the nude.
On June 25, Fabian Zanzi, the former Royal Caribbean employee who accused Travolta of sexual misconduct, filed a lawsuit against the 58-year-old actor, claiming sexual assault.
In Travolta's legal documents, which were filed on August 3 and obtained by OnTheRedCarpet.com, the actor denied engaging in any sexual misconduct, but did acknowledge being a passenger on the MS Enchantment of the Seas on June 29, 2009. In several of the responses, Travolta's lawyers claim insufficient knowledge to answer the allegations.
"This is another ludicrous lawsuit with inane claims," Travolta's attorney Marty Singer told E! News in a statement at the time. "It is obvious that Mr. Zanzi and his lawyers are looking for their 15 minutes of fame."
Zanzi issued a descriptive 16-page lawsuit which claimed that Travolta removed his robe and "proceeded to forcefully embrace" him and "forced his naked person and his erect penis against Plaintiff's person causing Plaintiff to experience pain, shock, embarrassment, distress, and fear."
The suit also claimed that the actor offered Zanzi $12,000 to keep quiet. The cruise ship employee proceeded to report the incident to three superiors, after which he was allegedly secluded in a room for five days until Travolta's trip was over.
In his filing, the "Pulp Fiction" actor's legal team also accused Zanzi of contradicting his written statement of the incident, claiming that the masseur did not mention the graphic details which were contained in his filing, three years after the alleged incidents occurred.
Travolta asked that the case be dismissed and that Zanzi cover all attorney's fees incurred in defending his claims. He also reserved his right to a trial by jury.
Zanzi's allegations followed that of two other male masseurs who filed claims alleging that Travolta had touched them inappropriately during massage sessions. The men, who filed anonymously, dropped their lawsuits before switching their legal services to Gloria Allred. They have yet to re-file their complaints.
Travolta recently appeared opposite Blake Lively and Benicio Del Toro in Oliver Stone's thriller, "Savages." He will next appear opposite Robert De Niro in "Killing Season," about two veterans of the Bosnian War who clash in the Smoky Mountains.