Last year it seemed barely a week could go by without a man coming forward to claim sexual assault against John Travolta. However while a series of suits by male masseurs were dropped (largely due to the fact that it was discovered that when one of the assaults was initially said to have taken place, the actor was on the other side of the country), one lived on, from a former cruise ship employee who said Travolta assaulted him aboard a ship in 2009.
However now this claim has been dropped, shortly after a judge denied Travolta’s attempts to get the case put into private arbitration, rather than being dealt with in open court. The denial was a victory for the claimant, Fabian Zanzi, but shortly afterwards he dropped the lawsuit entirely. There’s been no official statement on why he decided to give up, although some have suggested it’s because he can’t afford the costs of a full trial, while others have alleged the whole thing was an attempt to get money from Travolta, and now that Zanzi’s realised he isn’t going to get a quick payment, he’s decided to drop it.
Zanzi had claimed that he was assigned to bring food to Travolta, at which point the actor asked for a neck massage. The steward agreed but said that when he reached for Travolta’s neck, the star took off his robe and forcefully hugged him. He also alleged that Travolta told that he was “Beautiful” and said, “Take me, I will take care of you, please.”
After he says he reported the incident, he claimed Travolta offered him $12,000 to keep his mouth shut, and his employers, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, refused to do anything.
Travolta’s attorney, Marty Singer, commented to RadarOnline.com: “My client and our firm are very pleased that Mr. Zanzi has agreed to dismiss the lawsuit.”