Posted on Tue Feb 5, 2013 07:55 AM PDT
John Travolta will be heading to court to defend himself against a lawsuit that claims the actor assaulted a Royal Caribbean employee.
A federal judge has thrown out a petition from Travolta's lawyer that requested the lawsuit be handled through private arbitration.
As a result of this ruling, the 58-year-old Pulp Fiction star will have to head to court and publicly face graphic accusations from Fabian Zanzi, who has accused Travolta of "forcefully embracing" him during a neck massage.
Zani says the actor engaged in contact that was "nonconsensual, inappropriate, extreme and outrageous" after disrobing during a June 2009 cruise. The lawsuit also claims Travolta offered the former cruise line employee $12,000 to stay quiet.
Travolta has denied all allegations.
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