Travolta pulled in deeper
HOLLYWOOD actor John Travolta's troubles won't go away.
The sailor who accused him of sexual harassment is now suing the Grease actor for assault, according to London's Daily Mail newspaper.
Fabian Zanzi now claims the assault took place in 2009 when he worked as a room service operator for cruise liner Royal Caribbean International.
He alleges the actor asked for a neck massage in his cabin and that when he obliged, Travolta took off his robe and exposed his erect penis.
Celebrity gossip website TMZ reports that Zanzi said he was then "forcefully embraced" by the Pulp Fiction actor.
Travolta reportedly called him "beautiful" and said, "Take me, I will take care of you, please."
Zanzi said he resisted the advances, and the 58-year-old actor had offered him about R100000 to keep quiet about the incident.
Travolta's lawyer Marty Singer has again rubbished the allegations, saying : "This is another ludicrous lawsuit with inane claims. It is obvious that Mr Zanzi and his lawyers are looking for their 15 minutes of fame.
"The ridiculous claims are completely contradicted by what Mr Zanzi told his employer back in 2009 when he was being disciplined for his violation 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 lawyer said.
The newspaper reported that Zanzi said the cruise ship management refused to allow him to write down any details of nudity or sexual contact.
But Singer said: "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."