John Travolta is being sued for $2 million by a masseur claiming that he tried to touched his privates inside a private bungalow at the exclusive Beverly Hills Hotel on January 16, 2012.
When the masseur refused to engage in the acts, the lawsuit claims John Travolta became verbally abusive and went on a rant saying, “Hollywood is controlled by homosexual Jewish men who expect favors in return for sexual activity.” According to the lawsuit, John Travolta claimed that he furthered his career this way during his “Welcome Back, Kotter” days.
The masseur is referred to as John Doe in court papers which were obtained by Reuters and filed last Friday. The masseur’s lawyer, Pasadena, California-based Okorie Okorocha, told Reuters that under California law, a victim of a sexual assault can file as John Doe if he fears embarrassment or harassment if his identity is known.
In the John Travolta lawsuit it states, the masseur suffered severe emotional distress that was substantial, and that no reasonable person in civilized society should be expected to bear, including but not limited to suffering, anguish, fright, horror, nervousness, grief, anxiety, worry, shock, humiliation, and shame. The conduct of John Travolta was a substantial factor in causing the severe emotional distress.
The masseur works as a personal massage therapist with a portable table, and the standard items that are needed for a professional massage. He works through a series of professionally themed ads in locally accessed websites, and had received numerous clients for many years without any serious incident or problem.
The lawsuit goes into detail and describes the incident, saying the massage was arranged by an anonymous phone caller who met the masseur in the streets, picked him up and drove him to the hotel where he was to be paid $200 per hour. The court papers claim that masseur asked to be taken back to where he was picked up and received $800, double the rate.
John Travolta’s spokesman dismissed the claim in a statement and said, “This lawsuit is complete fiction and fabrication. 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. On that 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.”
John Travolta lawsuit filing claims assault, sexual battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress, and the plaintiff is seeking a jury trial.
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