One of John Travolta’s sexual battery accusers identified
New York: One of John Travolta’s first accusers, who was tracked down by a newspaper, has been revealed as a hulking 250-pound masseur and certified black belt who works at a posh spa in Atlanta.
John Truesdale, formerly known only as John Doe number 2, sued the “Welcome Back, Kotter” star for sexual battery only to withdraw the case on Thursday.
He was nameless and faceless until the Daily News found him this week.
“I thought I was supposed to be anonymous,” the New York Daily News quoted the mild-mannered massage therapist as saying.
The 40-year-old also confirmed he works in the spa at the posh Mandarin Oriental in Atlanta but declined to discuss claims that Travolta sexually accosted him in a hotel suite on the 15th floor in January.
At that time the swanky hotel was called the Mansion on Peachtree.
“The paparazzi are here for me?
“I can’t believe it,” he said.
Truesdale dropped the suit and his original lawyer, Okorie Okorocha.
He’s now represented by Gloria Allred, a move that set off fireworks between the two lawyers.
A beefy 6-footer with massive arms, Truesdale is soft-spoken and has a calm demeanor. He’s a certified nail technician, a licensed massage therapist and a married dad.
He filed a bombshell 2-million-dollar federal lawsuit on May 8, claiming in graphic detail that the ‘Pulp Fiction’ star had “bloodshot eyes” and a “strange” disposition as he stripped naked and started to “hump” a massage table set up in his private suite on Jan. 28.
Truesdale accused Travolta of “spreading his butt cheeks.” Then the actor asked for an odd amount of work on his butt muscles, he charged.
He said Travolta groped his upper thighs and grabbed between his legs, according to the lawsuit originally filed by Okorocha.
The Atlanta man said the Oscar nominee started pleasuring himself with about 15 minutes left in the session and “forcibly” hugged him as he tried to flee.
“I can’t talk about the case.
“I’m not allowed to give any comment,” Truesdale said.
Truesdale was once a party to a lawsuit filed by Okorocha on behalf of a masseur identified only as John Doe No. 1. That man claimed Travolta groped him in the Beverly Hills Hotel on Jan. 16.
Flight records, photos and a witness placed Travolta almost 3,000 miles away in New York at the time of the alleged California attack. The first accuser later said he simply made a mistake on the timeline. He has also withdrawn his lawsuit. And he hired Allred, too.