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Monday
Dec102012

Author of Book on Gay Bathhouses Must Pay John Travolta's Legal Fees

Ryan Pierse/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Malcom Mackey ordered writer Robert Randolph to pay John Travolta $139,645.17 in legal fees on Friday, according to E! Online. 

The legal fee payment stems from an earlier unsuccessful lawsuit in which Randolph sued the actor and his attorney Marty Singer for defamation.

Randolph had released a book alleging Travolta engaged in sexual activities with other men in spas.  Randolph had stated in his suit that Singer wrote a letter that made false claims that he spent time in a mental institution in an attempt to discredit his book, You'll Never Spa in This Town Again.

The letter was sent to Gawker.com after the website published an article highlighting Randolph's claims.  A Los Angeles judge dismissed the complaint in September, ruling that the letter is protected under the First Amendment.

Now, Randolph must pay Travolta’s legal fees and court costs. 

Singer said in a statement, "This legal fee award is another complete and total victory for Mr. Travolta.  Anyone else who files a ridiculous lawsuit against him should expect a similar outcome."

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Wednesday
Dec052012

John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John Reunite in New Video

Charley Gallay/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- It may not be the reunion Grease fans have been hoping for, but Danny’s John Travolta and Sandy’s Olivia Newton-John are back together in a new video for their Christmas album.

The pair show off their singing chops and moves in the video for “I Think You Might Like It,” penned by John Farrar, the writer of “You’re the One That I Want.”

Looking quite a bit older and moving a bit slower, Travolta, 58, and Newton-John, 64, seem to channel more Urban Cowboy than Grease as they dance Western style on a runway.

In the video, Travolta arrives for their reunion at the wheel of his own private jet, while Newton-John drives up in a classic convertible.

Look closely and you can spot Travolta‘s wife, Kelly Preston, 12-year-old daughter, Ella Bleu, and 2-year-old son, Benjamin.

Travolta and Newton-John recently appeared on Ellen DeGeneres’ show to promote their new holiday album, This Christmas. All proceeds from its sales will go to charity.

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Tuesday
Dec042012

John Travolta Sued by Alleged Gay Lover over Confidentiality Agreement

Ryan Pierse/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- John Travolta is being sued by a pilot who claims to have had a secret gay relationship with the actor, according to TMZ.com. 

The man, named Doug Gotterba, claims he was Travolta's pilot between 1981 and 1987, and he recently spoke to the National Enquirer about his "steamy affair" with Travolta.

After Gotterba went public with his accusations, he says he received a threatening letter from Travolta’s attorney, Marty Singer, about violating a confidentiality agreement.  However, in his lawsuit, Gotterba claims he never signed such a document. 

Singer said not only did he sign an agreement -- he included the document in his lawsuit.

The attorney tells TMZ that Gotterba simply filed the lawsuit to get his "15 minutes of fame."  He added, "We plan to get this meritless case promptly dismissed."

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Wednesday
Aug152012

Rashida Jones Apologizes for Urging John Travolta to 'Come Out'

C Flanigan/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- In a recent interview for her latest film, actress Rashida Jones said it was high time for a movie star to come out of the closet, and she urged John Travolta to “come out.”

The 36-year-old Parks and Recreation star made the pronouncement during an interview last Friday with the Bay Area website Spinning Platters.

When her co-star and co-writer of the film Celeste and Jesse Forever, Will McCormack, said in the interview, “There needs to be, like, a professional athlete that comes out,” Jones chimed in, “And a movie star!”

“Like John Travolta?” Jones added.  “Come out!  Come on.  How many masseurs have to come forward? Let’s do this.”

Jones issued an apology to Travolta on Tuesday via Twitter.

“Made a thoughtless comment about John Travolta. I sincerely apologize. Nobody’s personal life is my business,” she wrote on her Twitter account.

Travolta was sued earlier this year by two male massage therapists who claimed the actor tried to have sex with them during massage sessions.  Travolta’s publicist called the suits “complete fiction and fabrication,” and the two masseurs later dropped their complaints.

Jones made the remarks while proclaiming her admiration for rapper Frank Ocean, who recently revealed that his first love was a man.

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Monday
Aug062012

John Travolta Denies Sexually Assaulting Cruise Ship Worker

Ryan Pierse/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- John Travolta responded on Friday to a cruise ship employee's claim that he was sexually assaulted by the Savages actor, according to E! Online.

Fabian Zanzi filed a lawsuit earlier this year, accusing the actor of "forcefully embracing" him while naked on a Royal Caribbean cruise in June 2009.  Travolta admits to being a passenger on the cruise, but he denies engaging in any kind of sexual misconduct.  He is asking that Zanzi's lawsuit be dismissed and that Zanzi pay all his attorneys fees.

Zanzi alleges Travolta’s conduct was "nonconsensual, inappropriate, extreme and outrageous."  Zanzi also alleges in his lawsuit that Travolta offered him $12,000 for his silence about the incident, but Travolta’s response denies that claim as well.

Two masseurs sued Travolta earlier this year, claiming sexual battery and sexual harassment, but later dropped their complaints.

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Tuesday
Jun262012

John Travolta Sued by Cruise Ship Worker

Ryan Pierse/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- A Chilean cruise ship employee named Fabian Zanzi has filed a lawsuit claiming John Travolta made sexual advances at him, according to E! Online.  He says in a 16-page lawsuit that the incident occurred during a Royal Caribbean cruise in June 2009.

Zanzi says he was delivering room service to the actor when Travolta complained of neck pain.  Zanzi alleges in court papers that when he reached for Travolta's robe, the actor instead removed the robe and "proceeded to forcefully embrace" Zanzi while naked. 

Zanzi claims that he "pleaded" with Travolta to release him from the embrace.  He alleges Travola’s conduct was "nonconsensual, inappropriate, extreme and outrageous."

Travolta's attorney, Marty Singer, responded to the suit in a statement to E! News, saying, "This is another ludicrous lawsuit with inane claims.  It is obvious that Mr. Zanzi and his lawyers are looking for their 15 minutes of fame."

Zanzi also alleges that Travolta offered him $12,000 for his silence about the incident.  However, Zanzi says he reported the incident to "at least three" superiors at Royal Caribbean. 

Zanzi is asking for unspecified damages for assault and battery and intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress.

An attorney for Travolta, who has been married to actress Kelly Preston since 1991, noted, "We are confident that my client will prevail on the merits and that he will be completely vindicated in court."

Two masseurs sued Travolta earlier this year, claiming sexual battery and sexual harassment, but later dropped their complaints.

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Thursday
Jun072012

Report: Former John Travolta Employee Drops Gay Bombshell

Ryan Pierse/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Already weathering accusations from former masseurs who claimed he made sexual advances towards them, John Travolta's former secretary has told the National Enquirer the star is gay.

"I did everything for him, including taking care of his personal and professional schedules," Joan Edwards said.  "Of course I knew he was gay.  It never bothered me."

Edwards, who claims to have worked for Travolta from 1978 to 1994, says Travolta had a six-year-long relationship with a male pilot named Doug Gotterba in the 1980s, according to the upcoming Enquirer article excerpted by RadarOnline.

The Enquirer could not confirm the relationship, the publication notes, but did confirm Gotterba did work for the Pulp Fiction star.

Gotterba's post-Travolta boyfriend, Robert Britz tells the Enquirer Gotterba told him in detail about the relationship, and how it began to sour as Travolta gained weight.

"After a few years Doug grew apart from John sexually, and John's advances eventually started to repulse him," Britz claims.

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Tuesday
May222012

Ex-Lawyer of Masseurs in John Travolta Case Sues Gloria Allred

Ryan Pierse/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The John Travolta sexual harassment case took an unusual turn Monday, when the former lawyer of the two anonymous plaintiffs sued their new attorney, Gloria Allred.

According to TMZ.com, Okorie Okorocha claims Allred stole the second plaintiff away from him after the initial plaintiff hired her.  He told the second plaintiff in a text message -- the contents of which was provided with the lawsuit -- that Allred "ain't been in a courtroom in 20 years.  Just doing stupid ass press conference side shows."

Allred says in a statement obtained by TMZ that she will file a counterclaim against Okorocha for defamation, adding, "Doe #1 and Doe #2 contacted me seeking representation, and we have the evidence to prove it."

The two plaintiffs, who are both masseurs, sued Travolta sexual battery and sexual harassment, but later dropped their complaints.  However, Allred has left open the possibility that the lawsuits will be re-filed.

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Friday
May182012

Second John Travolta Accuser Hires Gloria Allred

Ryan Pierse/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The second anonymous masseur who sued John Travolta, claiming sexual battery and sexual harassment, has hired lawyer Gloria Allred, much as the first accuser did earlier this week.

The second masseur withdrew his lawsuit on Thursday, but Allred is leaving open the possibility that the complaint may be re-filed. 

She said in a statement obtained by People magazine, "We believe that the lawsuit should be filed in another court and, therefore, the lawsuit was dismissed without prejudice."

The first masseur has also dropped his lawsuit and hired Allred.

Travolta's lawyer, Marty Singer, is waving off any suggestion that the actor settled either case, telling TMZ.com, "Not one penny has been paid nor do we have any intention to pay any money for these ridiculous and false claims."

Singer also denies a National Enquirer report, detailed by the New York Post, claiming that Travolta once tried to perform a sex act on Grease co-star Jeff Conaway.

Singer tells E! News, "This spate of recklessly published tabloid stories is just part of a malicious tabloid agenda to boost lagging sales by running outrageous defamatory stories about my client sourced by people seeking notoriety or a payday."

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Thursday
May172012

First John Travolta Accuser Hires Gloria Allred

Ryan Pierse/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The first of two men to file a sexual battery and sexual harassment lawsuit against John Travolta may revisit his case after dropping his complaint earlier this week.

The unidentified masseur has hired high-profile lawyer Gloria Allred, who tells People magazine, "Mr. Doe's lawsuit was dismissed without prejudice which means that he is still legally entitled to file another lawsuit against John Travolta if he chooses. We are in the process of conferring with him regarding the next steps, which he may wish to take."

The masseur had claimed Travolta attempted to have sex with him during a massage at a Beverly Hills hotel, but photographic evidence released by Travolta's attorney to the media seemed to show that the actor was in New York at the time of the alleged incident.

A second masseur has made similar allegations in a separate lawsuit.

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