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Just in case you forgot that a little more than a month ago two anonymous masseurs lawyered up to sue John Travolta for sexual battery -- and, with everything going on with Lindsay Lohan these days, who could blame you if you had? -- a third man has now filed suit against the 58-year-old actor, People reports.
As opposed to calling himself John Doe No. 1 or John Doe No. 2, like his predecessors, this third accuser has opted to go by the moniker Fabian Zanzi because, well, that's his actual name.
Zanzi, a former Royal Caribbean attendant, filed a federal suit June 21 in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles accusing Travolta of sexual misconduct during a June 2009 cruise. According to the suit, Travolta ordered food to his cabin, but when Zanzi appeared with his meal, Travolta proceeded to get naked and press up against him. Zanzi claims that Travolta then offered him $12,000 to keep quite about the whole naked-body-pressing thing.
Zanzo, who first made these allegations to a Spanish-language news outlet back in May, is seeking unspecified damages for assault and battery, as well as emotional distress.
Travolta's lawyer, Marty Singer, has responded to the new lawsuit with what is quickly becoming his mantra. "This is another ludicrous lawsuit with inane claims," sainger said in a statement. "It is obvious that Mr. Zanzi and his lawyers are looking for their 15 minutes of fame."
Working in Singer and Travolta's favor is a report filed by Zanzi at the time of the alleged incident, which makes not mention of sexual contact. "That glaring omission speaks volumes," says Singer.
In his lawsuit, Zanzi claims that he reported the incident to his supervisor but wasn't allowed "to write down any information regarding the nudity and/or sexual contact."
Singer calls this claim a "dubious allegation." We call it a reminder that John Travolta's travails are still far from over.