Cruise ship attendant claimed that "Pulp Fiction" actor John Travolta had propositioned him and then offered hush money
It's smooth sailing ahead for John Travolta in the legal arena, at least for now.
A lawsuit filed against "Pulp Fiction" actor Travolta alleging sexual misdeeds during a 2009 cruise is being voluntarily dismissed, according to court papers filed in U.S. District Court in Arizona on Monday.
In the suit, filed in June, Fabian Zanzi claimed that Travolta had propositioned him during the cruise, and then offered him $12,000 to keep quiet about it.
Zanzi claimed that he had been assigned as Travolta's personal room attendant on Royal Caribbean cruise. After delivering a food order to Travolta's room, the suit alleged, Travolta began complaining of neck discomfort, and pleaded with Zanzi to touch his neck.
However, the suit claimed, as he reached in to comply, Travolta removed his robe, exposed his erect penis, and "forced his naked person and his erect penis against Plaintiff's person causing Plaintiff to experience pain, shock, embarrassment, distress and fear."
Travolta then told Zanzi that he is beautiful and "asked Plaintiff to 'take me, I will take care of you please … ,'" the complaint stated.
The actor then offered Zanzi $12,000 to keep quiet about the alleged encounter, according to the suit. Making matters worse, Zanzi claimed, when he complained to his superiors, he was told not to mention Travolta's misconduct and was segregated in a room for five days, until Travolta's stay on the ship was over.
Zanzi had been seeking unspecified damages.
At the time that the suit was filed, Travolta's attorney, Martin Singer, called Zanzi's suit "ludicrous" and "inane." Singer told TheWrap on Tuesday, "My clients and our firm are very pleased that Zanzi dismissed his case."
Zanzi's lawsuit was just one of numerous allegations that Travolta faced last year. He was also sued by two separate masseurs who claimed that Travolta had acted inappropriately during massage sessions. (Those suits were eventually dropped.)
The actor — and his attorney Singer — was also sued by Robert Randolph, author of "You'll Never Spa in This Town Again," which detailed alleged sexual encounters that Travolta had with men in a Los Angeles spa. In that suit, Randolph claimed that Travolta, through Singer, tried to discredit him with defamatory remarks. That suit — which was handled for Randolph by the same attorneys who represented Zanzi — was ordered dismissed, with more than $139,000 in legal fees being awarded against Randolph.
Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.