Travolta lawyer blasts second masseur sex lawsuit
LOS ANGELES — John Travolta’s lawyer dismissed a second lawsuit in two days alleging sexual battery by the Hollywood star on male masseurs, saying it was as “absurd and fictional” as the first.
Both lawsuits have been filed by the same attorney, and both fail to identify the alleged victim — and Travolta’s lawyer said the second one was clearly drawn up after the star’s lawyers blasted a hole in the first case.
On Monday, a masseur named only as “John Doe,” seeking $2 million in compensation, alleged assault and sexual battery by Travolta of a masseur during a massage session at a Beverly Hills hotel.
The lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles, claimed that the “Saturday Night Fever” and “Pulp Fiction” star met the $200-an-hour masseur in his black Lexus SUV on January 16 this year.
The actor took him to a bungalow at the Beverly Hills Hotel, and had a normal one-hour massage — but then Travolta offered to give a “reverse massage,” touching the man’s penis and offering to masturbate him, it said.
But the masseur told Travolta he did not have sex with clients. The 58-year-old actor called him a “loser,” but paid him double the hourly rate and left, the document claimed.
In response to that lawsuit, Travolta’s spokesman pointed out Monday that the actor was not even in Los Angeles, but was on the US East Coast at the time, and called the allegations “a complete fiction and fabrication.”
On Tuesday, Travolta’s lawyer Martin Singer weighed in after similar allegations were made in a second lawsuit, filed by the same lawyer based in Pasadena, just outside Los Angeles.
The new lawsuit, filed in the name of “John Doe 1” and “John Doe 2,” and also seeking $2 million, claimed that Travolta tried to engage in sexual activity with a male masseur on January 28 in a hotel in Atlanta, Georgia.
“This second ‘anonymous’ claim is just as absurd and ridiculous as the first one,” Singer said, adding it was clear the lawyer involved had filed the new lawsuit after the date problem with the first action was pointed out.
“It is obvious that he checked media reports that my client was in Atlanta working on a movie,” he said. “However, the claim by Doe #2 is just as fabricated as the claim by Doe #1.”
Travolta’s spokesman said Monday that Travolta will sue the attorney involved and the plaintiff for malicious prosecution.
“Our client will be fully vindicated in court on both of these absurd and fictional claims,” said Singer.
The lawyer involved, Okorie Okorocha, was not immediately available for comment.