Third man accuses Travolta
A third man has accused John Travolta of sexual harassment.
Chilean-born Fabian Zanzi alleges that the Pulp Fiction star — who is being sued for $2-million each by two anonymous male masseurs who claim he sexually harassed them after they were hired to give him massages — claims that Travolta "hugged" him, asked him for a massage and then offered him $12 000 for sex while Zanzi was working on a cruise ship in 2009.
South American news website ABC.es quotes Zanzi as saying: "He had something on his neck. I thought it was a fuzz. As I approached, he took off his white coat and was naked. He hugged me and asked me to do a massage."
Zanzi — who was in charge of taking care of VIP guests on the ship — claims that he refused Travolta's offer and reported the incident to his supervisors. However, his superiors did not believe him and he was eventually fired from the ship.
Travolta and his lawyer have denied the accusations from the two masseurs, calling their claims "absurd and ridiculous" and revealed that they intend to sue both the claimants and their lawyer for malicious prosecution.
However, the first accuser — known only as John Doe #1 — has since called for people to wait for the court ruling before they take sides in the case, and insisted that he has no hard feelings towards the star.
In a statement to RadarOnline.com, he said: "As the unidentified masseur in the John Travolta case I have an opinion that I wanted to share.
"I don't think anyone should form any opinion about Mr Travolta, his family, his counsel, myself, John Doe #2, and our counsel. Instead, I would urge everyone to understand that guilt or innocence in our Justice System is decided by our court system. Too often these matters are decided by swaying public opinion through elements that would never be considered in an actual court case.
"Even though Mr Travolta and his counsel are on opposing sides in this matter, I do wish them good health, happiness, and want them to be judged with absolute fairness as our great nation affords all citizens regardless of their wealth or station."
The masseur also cast doubt on photographs and a restaurant receipt that proved that Travolta was in New York on 16 January — the day he claimed the star sexually harassed him in Los Angeles.
He added: "A photograph, a restaurant receipt, testimony, and other things that may or may not constitute proof have strict guidelines that must be followed. A fine example is the amazing number of guilty people that escape their crimes due to the mishandling of evidence. Is it disappointing, of course it is, but it is a price we must pay in order to have a justice system that runs in a constitutional manner.
"In consideration of that, I ask the public to not judge anyone, and allow all parties to work things out in a respectful and dignified manner, and if these matters do go to court than only that final decision past appeals, etc should be considered a definitive statement on 'guilt' or 'innocence'."
Travolta is a devout Scientologist - has been married to Kelly Preston since 1991. Their oldest child Jett died in 2009 at the age of 17 and they have two other children – Ella Blue (11) and 23-month-old Benjamin.