Keeping track of the lawsuits against John Travolta could become a full-time job. This time the actor is being sued by a cruise-ship employee and the author of a tell-all book. See eight juiciest allegations from the cruise employee’s filing, which alleges assault and battery.
Keeping track of the lawsuits against actor John Travolta is increasingly tricky business. In May, three months after a tell-all book about the actor’s alleged proclivity to hang out in gay spas was released, two masseurs filed lawsuits claiming he had inappropriately touched them in incidents in Beverly Hills and Atlanta. Both men—whose identities were withheld in court documents—dropped their lawsuits later that month.
Now, two more claims have surfaced.
One was from a man who filed an assault-and-battery claim against Travolta in U.S. District Court on June 21 for an incident he alleges occurred on a cruise ship in 2009. Fabian Zanzi, a cruise-ship employee, claims Travolta made unwanted sexual advances toward him and is asking for a jury trial to determine compensation. The next day, Robert Randolph, author of the book You’ll Never Spa in this Town Again, filed a lawsuit against the actor and his lawyer for libel in Los Angeles Superior Court. Randolph claims Travolta and his lawyer, Marty Singer, spread false statements about Randolph’s mental health to discourage public interest in the book, which chronicles his alleged sexual encounters with the actor at a spa.
Through his attorney and his publicist, Travolta has denied all the allegations.
By author of book about his gay claims.
Actor John Travolta has been sued for libel after the man who wrote a book about his alleged gay encounters with the actor said Travolta had been spreading false statements about his mental health. Robert Randolph is seeking unspecified damages against Travolta and his lawyer. Randolph's book, You'll Never Spa in this Town Again, was published in February, but the author said Travolta had smeared him in an effort to dissuade people from buying the book.
Hires Gloria Allred to possibly file another.
John Travolta can put the salacious sexual-assault allegations behind him—for now. Two days after Travolta’s first accuser dropped his sexual-battery lawsuit against the actor, John Doe No. 2 fired the same lawyer and withdrew his suit. But the alleged masseur who claims Travolta made a pass at him has now hired Gloria Allred to possibly file a new suit, with Allred telling CNN that her client dropped his other suit because they believe “the lawsuit should be filed in another court.” Okorie Okorocha, who initially represented both John Doe No. 1 and John Doe No. 2, said he still believes they “absolutely have cases.” Travolta’s lawyer has not yet responded to the latest development.
Masseur alleged sexual assault.
A masseur who accused actor John Travolta of sexual assault has dismissed the case, TMZ reports. The man alleged that Travolta assaulted him during a massage at the Beverly Hills Hotel on Jan. 16, but photos proved that Travolta had been in New York that day. A second accuser, who filed suit for an alleged assault in Atlanta, is still pursuing his claim against Travolta.
Cruise worker says actor harassed him.
Chilean cruise worker Fabian Zanzi came forward on Friday with claims of sexual misconduct against actor John Travolta. Zanzi alleges that Travolta made unwanted advances toward him on a Royal Caribbean cruise in 2009, and that the actor took off his bathrobe in his presence. “When he got close to me, he took off his white robe and was naked,” Zanzi told Chilean reporters. Travolta also offered him $12,000 for sex, Zanzi said, an offer the cruise worker said he turned down. Travolta’s lawyer Marty Singer rebutted the claim, calling it “ridiculous.”
Hollywood star John Travolta has been accused of sexual assault in lawsuits filed by two male masseurs. But questions about the actor’s sex life have circulated for years, reports Marlow Stern.
News of an incredibly graphic $2 million lawsuit by a “John Doe” masseur against John Travolta, which broke Monday, may have come as a surprise to some fans of the actor, who projects an image of a smiling heartthrob on-screen and an adoring family man off.
In the suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, an unnamed male masseur accuses the 58-year-old Pulp Fiction star of sexual assault, sexual battery, and intentional infliction of emotional distress, saying Travolta came on to him several times during a massage session at the Beverly Hills Hotel in January. And on Tuesday, a second “John Doe” masseur, represented by the same attorney, filed another $2 million sexual-assault suit against Travolta, claiming “substantial documentation and numerous witnesses regarding the substance of Travolta’s actions.” Travolta’s lawyer has denied both men’s accusations, saying of the new suit, “This second ‘anonymous’ claim is just as absurd and ridiculous as the first one.”
For anyone who’s been following Travolta’s life off-screen, however, rumors of a sexual preference for men have persisted for years.
On May 8, 1990, The National Enquirer ran a cover story describing an alleged affair between Travolta and Paul Barresi, a gay-porn producer. According to Barresi, the two met in 1982, after the actor allegedly followed him into the shower room of a Los Angeles health club, and the relationship lasted for two years. Barresi reportedly received $100,000 from the Enquirer for his Travolta story, but retracted it several months later under what he later alleged was legal pressure from Travolta’s attorneys. While Barresi is not the most credible of witnesses, having inserted himself into several high-profile celebrity scandals over the years, he did snag a speaking role in the 1985 Travolta film Perfect.
After first lawsuit filed Monday.
A second male masseur has filed a $2 million lawsuit against John Travolta alleging the actor sexually assaulted him. The suit comes a day after another male masseur filed a suit against Travolta for sexual battery. He is alleging that he has "substantial documentation" and "numerous witnesses" that will prove that Travolta assaulted him. The first lawsuit alleges Travolta made a pass at the masseur and touched his leg, scrotum, and penis after the actor took off his clothes. The suit alleges that Travolta apologized to the masseur for his actions, but continued to try to have sex with him. Travolta's public relations rep has called the first lawsuit “complete fiction.”
John Travolta is being sued by a masseur for alleged sexual assault. From what was ‘bouncing’ to personal-grooming descriptions, Anna Klassen pored through the lawsuit to find the 13 most salacious passages.
John Travolta is being sued in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles by a masseur, named only as John Doe, who accuses the star of sexual assault, sexual battery, and intentional infliction of emotional distress. He is seeking $2 million in damages. According to the lawsuit, Travolta saw the masseur's ad online and scheduled an appointment for $200 an hour, and then tried to have sex with him during the massage, in a bungalow at the Beverly Hills Hotel on Jan. 16. Travolta has denied the claim and says he wasn't even in California on the date of the alleged assault. “This lawsuit is complete fiction and fabrication,” his representatives said in a statement. “None of the events claimed in the suit ever occurred.” Sorting through the legal rhetoric, Anna Klassen compiled the naughtiest bits of the suit filed against the Old Dogs star.
1. "Defendant himself had picked Plaintiff up in a black Lexus SUV. Defendant was wearing dark glasses, jeans with a very loose-fitting athletic shirt; there were Trojan condoms in the console of the vehicle, and there also appeared to be two or three wrappers from chocolate-cake packages on the floor of the SUV."
2. "Defendant shamelessly stripped naked in front of Plaintiff; for the first hour, the massage was without incident, other than he kept purposely sliding the towel down that covered his buttocks to reveal about half of gluteus area. This back-and-forth activity of Defendant sliding it down, and then Plaintiff would slide it back up occurred over 10 times in the first hour."
3. "Defendant started to rub Plaintiff's leg, and Plaintiff thought it was accidental. Plaintiff assumed that it was in fact accidental. Then Defendant touched Plaintiff's scrotum, and this time Plaintiff told Defendant to please not touch him again."
Rep calls masseur's suit “complete fiction.”
Talk about tabloid fodder. An anonymous masseur has sued John Travolta for assault and sexual battery, claiming that the actor made a pass at him after hiring him for a massage. The suit alleges that Travolta began rubbing the masseur's leg, touched his scrotum and the shaft of his penis after the actor took off his clothes. It also claims that Travolta apologized after the masseur turned down his advances, but continued to try and persuade him to have sex with him and a Hollywood starlet in the building at the time. Travolta's rep has released a statement saying the suit is "a complete fiction and fabrication." The anonymous plaintiff, who identifies himself as John Doe in the lawsuit, is seeking $2 million in punitive damages.
Marlow Stern on the two lawsuits filed against John Travolta and the years of stories about the star.