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John Travolta Denies Sexually Assaulting Cruise Ship Worker

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It's been a few weeks since onetime cruise ship worker Fabian Zanzi filed suit against actor John Travolta, alleging the "Look Who's Talking" star forced him into naked embraces and offered him hush money. Now Travolta and his legal team are responding; they Travolta denies the accusations, and is asking for the suit to be dropped.E! News reports that in documents filed Friday, "Travolta admitted he was a passenger on the cruise around June 2009, but denied engaging in any type of sexual misconduct."

The allegations made by Zanzi are similar to the other claims filed against Travolta, in that the Royal Caribbean steward ended up alone with Travolta in a room, and that Travolta reportedly tried to turn an innocuous moment into something a little more. In the alleged Zanzi encounter, the steward claims he was sent to deliver food to Travolta's stateroom. Then:

Travolta allegedly asked for a neck massage. Zanzi claims when he reached for Travolta's neck, the actor dropped his robe and exposed his erect penis and then forcefully embraced him.

Zanzi says Travolta offered him $12,000 to keep quiet.

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Travolta says no way, that didn't happen, and in addition to requesting the suit be dismissed, he wants Zanzi to pony up to cover the actor's attorney's fees.

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