June 26, 2012 08:34:42 GMT
Calling the lawsuit ridiculous, the 'Savages' actor is confident that he 'will prevail on the merits and that he will be completely vindicated in court.'
John Travolta broke his silence on the latest lawsuit that mentioned he sexually harassed a former Royal Caribbean cruise worker. Through his lawyer Marty Singer, the 58-year-old actor branded the accusation "another ludicrous lawsuit with inane claims" from someone who's "looking for their 15 minutes of fame."
"The claims are completely contradicted by what Mr. Zanzi told his employer back in 2009 when he was being disciplined for his own violations of company policy," the attorney said. "In his handwritten report three years ago, the only physical contact he claimed occurred was allegedly touching my client's neck."
"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," he concluded. "We are confident that my client will prevail on the merits and that he will be completely vindicated in court."
The ship crew named Fabian Zanzi mentioned in his lawsuit that he met Travolta in June 2009 when he's still working on the cruise ship. When he delivered food to the star's room, the husband of Kelly Preston asked for a neck message before dropping his robe and forcefully embracing him.
"Take me, I will take care of you, please," the actor allegedly told Zanzi, but the worker rejected the sexual advance. He was reportedly offered $12,000 to keep quiet about the incident and was banned by the cruise ship management to reveal the alleged sexual attack to public.
Zanzi is seeking unspecified damages for assault and emotional distress.