Third Travolta Accuser
Published: May 12, 2012
Third Travolta Accuser, A third John Travolta accuser whose story hit the U.S. news radar Thursday actually told his story on a Chilean entertainment-news program a full two weeks before the first “John Doe” plaintiff’s federal complaint was filed against the actor in U.S. District Court.
The timing may put a different spin on some U.S. entertainment media reports, many of which have represented Chilean-born Fabian Zanzi as a new voice coming forward in the wake of the lawsuits.
Additionally, on Friday plaintiffs’ attorney Okorie Okorocha announced his first John Doe masseur was no longer his client — but more on that later.
Zanzi, who spoke in Spanish on the April 27 edition of “Primer Plano,” said he was working with VIPs for Royal Caribbean Cruises in 2009 when — in our paraphrasing of various Spanish-to-English translations — Travolta allegedly disrobed, hugged him and offered $12,000 for S-EX-, an offer Zanzi said he declined.
The cruise ship story is “another ridiculous claim by someone hopping on the bandwagon to get his 15 minutes of fame,” Travolta attorney Martin Singer told E! Online on Friday, saying that they’d “never heard of this guy before.”
You can see the full “Primer Plano” video here, if you’re willing to put up with slow loading and video fits and starts, or check out an abbreviated version from Peruvian TV featured in a detail-filled Friday post by New York website Capital. (Hat tip to Capital, which appears to have forged through the same South American news maze the Ministry of Gossip has been exploring.)
Zanzi’s story was picked up by various South American outlets right after it aired on “Primer Plano,” then showed up in a Tuesday article about Travolta on Spain’s ABC.es. That news website was cited Thursday in a RadarOnline post, which was picked up by numerous U.S. outlets. (The publication date on the Radar post, which labels ABC.es a South American rather than Spanish news outlet, has now been revised to Friday, with Thursday’s “exclusive” banner removed.)
Some details to layer in around Zanzi’s alleged 2009 incident: That year, Travolta and wife Kelly Preston were dealing with the aftermath of 16-year-old son Jett’s January death during a family vacation in the Bahamas. Travolta had taken the stand that October in an attempted-extortion trial that stemmed from events at the time Jett died and ended in a mistrial. The charges against two Bahamians were later dropped. (Los Angeles Times)
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