A cruise ship employee who accused John Travolta of sexual harassment is now trying to sue the actor for assault.
Fabian Zanzi says the sexual assault happened in 2009 while he was working for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, attending the suite where Travolta was staying. It has been previously reported that Travolta asked Zanzi to massage his neck, Travolta then dropped his robe and exposed his erect penis.
Zanzi also claims Travolta embraced him, saying “take me; I will take care of you, please.” Travolta allegedly offered Zanzi $12,000 to keep silent about the event.
But when Zanzi reported the incident to his employers, he did not include the statements about the exposure or the embrace.
In order for a sexual harassment attorney to build a solid case, the victim must detail the conduct to employers. Since Zanzi did not tell his supervisors about the specific behaviors, Travolta’s lawyer Marty singer says the claims are “inane,” also stating that Zanzi and his attorneys are “looking for their 15 minutes of fame.”
Zanzi says his employers did not give him the reporting forms in Spanish and was told by his supervisor Lorena Alvarez that he couldn’t seek assistance without any visible signs of physical contact. Zanzi kept pursuing his claim up until 2011 but was repeatedly told to check back.
Zanzi is seeking unspecified damages for assault and emotional distress.
Unfortunately, some employers make it difficult for people to report sexual harassment and frequently dismiss the allegations as frivolous. And while there are frivolous harassment lawsuits, the majority of employees just wish to put an end to the misconduct. When an employer refuses to address harassment or punishes the accuser, the victim must look to a sexual harassment lawyer to end the abuse.
When a victim endures repeated and unwanted sexual attention they are eligible to seek damages for their troubles. A sexual harassment attorney is necessary to assure the victim is fairly compensated.