John Travolta Sued for Sexually Assaulting Male Masseur

By: Colby Scott
5.7.2012

E! Online and Huffington Post (among others) are reporting that John Travolta is being sued by an anonymous masseur for assault, battery, and intentional infliction of emotional distress. The plaintiff alleges that the actor “shamelessly stripped down naked in front” of him and was “semi-erect” before things even got started. Travolta then allegedly started rubbing the plaintiff’s leg before being asked to stop; and just moments later, touched the victim’s “scrotum” while snickering “like a mischievous child.”

The plaintiff is seeking $2 million in general damages, unspecified punitive damages and court costs.

Rumors of Travolta's homosexuality have surfaced many times over the years, making it seem like one of the worst-kept secrets in Scientology Hollywood. Back in late 2010 former Princess Leia, Carrie Fisher, even outed Travolta (accidentally) in an interview. However, there has never been such a direct, public accusation as this, and certainly never one involving assault.

Responding to the allegations, Scientology Travolta's representatives released this statement to E! News:

"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."

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