John Travolta has been plagued by gay rumors for years, and two new lawsuits certainly will not help put them to rest. After a male masseur filed a $2 million lawsuit on Friday claiming that the married-with-children actor propositioned him for sex after hiring him for a massage in Los Angeles on January 16, a second man made a similar claim on Tuesday morning.
In the new filing, the unidentified masseur — who is also suing for $2 million — reveals that he was also propositioned by the "Old Dogs" actor, this time 12 days later on January 28 at a resort in Atlanta, Georgia, where he was staying while filming "Killing Season" with Robert De Niro. When the masseur arrived at Travolta's room on the 15th floor, the 58-year-old had "a strange demeanor, bloodshot eyes," according to the lawsuit. Once on the massage table, he removed the towel that covered his buttocks because he complained it was too hot, and then demanded a massage on his "glutes." During the massage, Travolta — who went by the name Mr. White — kept spreading his legs to expose his erect you-know-what, says the masseur. He then turned over and tried to force the plaintiff to touch him. With 15 minutes left before the massage was over, the actor then began masturbating, so the masseur left the room. He claims he complained to his boss, but "to no avail."
After the new filing on Tuesday, Travolta's lawyer, Marty Singer, responded strongly to the claims. "The problem in America is anyone can sue anyone. However, in this case this unidentified plaintiff and his lawyer will regret they filed this fabricated suit. We intend to sue both of them for malicious prosecution."
In the first lawsuit that was filed last week, the also-unidentified plaintiff says that a man claiming he represented a celebrity who "demanded full confidentiality" called him from a blocked cell phone number after seeing his ad online. He was then told to meet on a specific street and a car would come pick him up — and when it did, Travolta was the one behind the wheel.
Upon getting into the Lexus SUV, the plaintiff says the "Hairspray" actor was dressed in dark glasses, jeans, an athletic shirt, and silver watch and that there were Trojan condoms on the car's console and chocolate cake wrappers on the floor. Once the two arrived at the Beverly Hills Hotel, they headed inside one of the private bungalows on the property for the massage. Travolta, according to the lawsuit, "shamelessly stripped naked" in front of the masseur and a professional chef who was also in the room preparing hamburgers, and appeared to be "semi-erect." The plaintiff claims he then asked the actor to lay face-down on his massage table and drape himself in a towel, which elicited a chuckle from Travolta, who is married to actress Kelly Preston. "He wants me to get on the table, can you believe that," he allegedly muttered to himself.
During the first hour of the massage, the plaintiff claims things went relatively smoothly, except for the fact that Travolta moved his towel down to expose part of his buttocks 10 times, even though the masseur told him that was against state law. Once the hour was up, the chef covered the hamburgers he had prepared and exited the bungalow without saying a word. It was at this point that Travolta supposedly began to rub the masseur's leg. After he backed up, Travolta stopped, but only briefly before then groping his crotch area. When the masseur complained, he says Travolta apologized "and snickered to himself like a mischievous child," and then did it again, this time rubbing his private parts. "This was painful and uncomfortable," he says in the lawsuit. And when he said so to the actor, Travolta once again apologized and said "[we] must have gotten our signals crossed."
According to the suit, Travolta then offered to switch places with the professional and do a "reverse massage," but that, too, was met with a refusal so he instead asked for deep-tissue neck massage. While the masseur worked on Travolta, he claims the actor asked him to "say something nice to me," and when he looked down Travolta was masturbating. When the plaintiff said he was uncomfortable and wanted to leave, he says the actor called him "selfish" and insisted he had performed sexual favors in order to break into Hollywood during his "Welcome Back, Kotter" days in the 1970s, and suggested the masseur do the same. The whole event finally ended when the plaintiff threatened to call police if he was not dropped back off from where he was picked up. At that, Travolta put his clothes back on and complained to the masseur, "I will find new friends," before paying him $800 for two hours of service, double his rate.
The plaintiff is suing for sexual battery, assault, and emotional distress and is asking for his case to go before a jury.
Travolta has also denied this masseur's claims. "This lawsuit is a complete fiction and fabrication," his rep said in a statement. "None of the events claimed in the suit ever occurred. The plaintiff, who refuses to give their name, knows that the suit is a baseless lie. It is for that reason that the plaintiff hasn't been identified with a name even though it is required to do so. On the date when plaintiff claims John met him, John was not in California and it can be proved that he was on the East Coast. Plaintiff's attorney has filed this suit to try and get his 15 minutes of fame. John intends to get this case thrown out and then he will sue the attorney and Plaintiff for malicious prosecution."
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