This week there has been a whirlwind of media attention surrounding allegations by a masseur that John Travolta sexually harassed and assaulted him in Hollywood earlier this year. TMZ posted the lawsuit on line. The lawsuit reads like a pornographic paperback. Travolta denies the lurid allegations in what is being called the "massage lawsuit."
A second masseur also came out with allegations of similar conduct by Travolta.
Now, there's a third sexual harassment allegation (actually made before the first two) involving another similar lawsuit recently filed against Travolta - this time by a cruise line employee.
Chilean Fabian Zanzi (photo left via facebook), a former employee of Royal Caribbean Cruises, alleges that in May 2009 Travolta was cruising aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise ship as a guest.
As reported by ABC.es, Zanzi was working as a manager on the unidentified Royal Caribbean cruise ship and was responsible for taking care of VIP's. Travolta "said he had something on his neck. I thought it was a fuzz. As I approached, he took off his white coat and was naked. He hugged me and asked me to do a massage." Zanzi said that Travolta offered him $12,000 to have sex with him, but he refused.
According to Zanzi, he reported the incident to his supervisors at Royal Caribbean who not only did not believe him but confined him to his cabin. Royal Caribbean later fired him.
Zanzi originally told his story to Peru's 24 Hours. The allegations have been circulating in newspapers in South America.
I suppose it's only a matter of time before TMZ or another TV tabloid picks up on the John Travolta-harasses-cruise-employee lawsuit story.
I have heard rumors over the years about John Travolta sexually harassing crew aboard Royal Caribbean's Enchantment of the Seas cruise ship, although this is the first I have heard of a lawsuit filed by a crewmember.
Travolta is one of my favorite actors. He was great in Civil Action. But I find these allegations quite, shall we say, travolting . . .
You can hear Zanzi's allegation in the video below:
May 10, 2912 Update:
Travolta's lawyer, Marty Singer, issued a statement that "this is just another ridiculous claim by someone hopping on the bandwagon to get his 15 minutes of fame with a story about something that supposedly happened over three years ago.” Mr. Singer apparently does not realize that Zanzi made his allegations public before the two other allegations.
May 11, 2012 Update:
A reader of Cruise Law News brought to my attention that Travolta cruised with Royal Caribbean, on the Enchantment of the Seas, in June 2009, out of Miami. He apparently did not finish the cruise and return with the cruise ship to Miami. Instead, he disembarked the ship in Belize and flew a jet back to the U.S.
May 14, 2012 Update:
TMZ has a link to certain cruise line documents indicating that Travolta was on the Royal Caribbean cruise ship in June 2009.