Back in 2010, The National Enquirer and Gawker went a little bit crazy covering some particularly salacious stories about John Travolta’s VERY ALLEGED AND UNVERIFIED gay spa adventures. I believe The Enquirer got the ball rolling (so to speak) when they began excerpting heavily from Robert Randolph’s You’ll Never Spa In This Town Again, a bitchy, sordid exposé on Hollywood’s “secret gay spa culture”. Gawker followed up with a very graphic interview with Randolph, which you can read in all its NSFW glory here – Randolph claims Travolta has a real “thing” for young, dark, lithe men. Shortly after Gawker published that, Gossip Cop reported that Travolta’s lawyers were trying to get Gawker to pull the story – which they still haven’t. The Enquirer did follow-ups too – Randolph claiming that Travolta had anywhere between six to fifty gay lovers over the course of the years.
So… that’s all background for this story. Travolta has just been sued by a masseur, a male massage therapist who claims that Travolta groped him in the middle of a massage. The masseur is seeking $2 million in punitive damages which… seems a bit steep. I don’t want to excerpt too heavily from TMZ’s report, just because I think the graphic terminology isn’t in our site’s best interest. Let see if I can summarize… John Travolta saw the masseur’s ad online and scheduled an appointment for $200 an hour. They met up by car (Travolta keeps condoms in his car console) and the masseur followed Travolta to the Beverly Hills Hotel, where John had his own bungalow. Once in the bungalow, John took off his clothes, and masseur says John was already “excited”. There was one hour of just vanilla massaging, and then Travolta began touching the masseur. He began touching the masseur’s… swimsuit area. The sack and shaft of his swimsuit area. It gets worse from there, so you’ll just have to go to TMZ to read it all.
CB and I talked about this story and the history of the sketchy reports on Travolta’s extracurricular activities. I think I’m probably more gullible than CB, more likely to believe a tabloid story in general. My take: I believe the stories in general terms. I can take issue with specific details here and there, and I think Robert Randolph is probably somewhat of a fantasist, but I do believe Travolta likes to bone dudes in spas (and everywhere else). I believe he probably gropes men on a regular basis. Whether or not it happened specifically with this masseur, I have no idea.
Incidentally, Travolta’s lawyers ran to Gossip Cop yet again to deny the story, just like they did when Gawker published their report about Travolta’s spa activities. Travolta’s rep says in a statement: “This lawsuit is a 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. It is for that reason that the plaintiff hasn’t been identified with a name even though it is required to do so. 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. 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.” Go back and re-read the Gossip Cop piece about the Gawker story in 2010 – the same kind of grandiose huffing and puffing and threats. From what I can find, Travolta’s lawyers never followed through. I wonder if they will this time?
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