John Travolta denies `baseless` masseuse’s sexual assault claims
New York: John Travolta has been sued for 2 million dollars by an unidentified masseur who claims that the actor assaulted him sexually during a massage in January inside a room at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
The masseur, referred to as John Doe in court papers filed last Friday, claimed that Travolta rubbed his leg, touched his genitals and tried to initiate at least one sex act inside a private bungalow at the exclusive hotel on January 16.
The ‘Pulp Fiction’ star is adamant that he wasn’t even in Beverly Hills on January 16, the date the anonymous plaintiff claims Travolta picked him up in a black Lexus SUV for a massage appointment, drove him to a hotel and tried to have sex with him.
“This lawsuit is a complete fiction and fabrication,” the New York Daily News quoted Travolta’s representative as saying.
“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,” the rep added.
The plaintiff claimed that Travolta groped him, masturbated openly in his presence and made lewd comments.
“Plaintiff’s attorney has filed this suit to try and get his 15 minutes of fame,” Travolta’s rep said, threatening a counter-suit for malicious prosecution.
“We approached them two months ago and never heard the defense he wasn’t in town,” Okorie Okorocha, the lawyer who filed the lawsuit said.
“There are pictures of him in Los Angeles the night of the 14th,” Okorocha insists.
Travolta was photographed at the 9th Annual G’Day USA black tie event in Hollywood that night.
“If he has evidence to prove he wasn’t in town, great, then he has nothing to worry about.
“But we believe we have enough of a story of when and where things happened that we can procure hotel and cell tower records.
“And I think there will be witnesses who saw things. This absolutely happened,” Okorocha said.