You know what? I think Star Magazine is pretty ballsy for putting John Travolta and Masseur-gate on the cover this week. This was one of my biggest complaints about the 2010 Mel Gibson-Oksana Tape-gate saga – every single day, there were new tapes which Radar dutifully put online, and everyone grew more and more horrified, but there was total silence from even the most gleefully trashy tabloids, like Star Mag (Radar’s sister publication – they’re owned by the same company). At least with Masseur-gate, the print media is paying attention and actually reporting on it week by week.
Anyway, as for Star Mag’s actual cover story – they do kind of go off in a weird direction. According to Jezebel’s tabloid highlights:
Kelly Preston has been flooded with phone calls and texts from friends and family, asking if she’s okay. Rumors of Travolta’s gayness have circulated since 1990 — that’s when Paul Barresi, a gay porn star, claimed that he and John had sex for years — from 1983 to 1985.
But John married Kelly in 1991, and a source says she signed a contract when they got hitched. It was an arrangement, see, and Kelly knows that JT is gay, but she’s cool with it. Although his lawyers deny it.
Anyway! Star, as they are wont to do, called a random family member — Linda Carlson, Kelly’s mom — and she says: “Please don’t believe the trash out there, It’s such trash. Absolute rubbish. They couldn’t be happier.”
[Star via Jezebel]
Is it wrong to believe Star’s story? I think there was a contract involved. I think Kelly and John know each other very, very well.
As for Masseur-gate… when one case closes, another one opens. Or something? Radar reports that yet another dude is coming forward, claiming that John “groped and fondled” him. The catch? This guy isn’t a masseur – he’s an employee of a gym. Let’s call him John Doe #3 – but he’s the fourth guy to come forward in total. Doe #3 says he would open up his gym “after hours” for Travolta (because of his schedule). A source close to Doe #3 says: “The gym was opened as a courtesy to John Travolta so that he could avoid the public yet maintain his fitness in this physically challenging role that he was doing at the time. The gym employee says that John Travolta groped and fondled him against his will.” Sounds about right – and God knows, Travolta does seem to love all things gym/spa/bathhouse/massage-related. Travolta’s lawyer Marty Singer says: “As a result of the published lies about my client we expect some ‘John Does’ to come out of the woodwork and assert false claims.” Blah.
Meanwhile, by now you’ve heard that the first plaintiff, John Doe #1, was dropped by his lawyer, Okorie Okorocha. Okorocha first amended the lawsuit after Doe #1 changed his story, then the lawyer just dropped Doe #1 completely and dismissed the first lawsuit. BUT!!! Gloria Allred has gotten involved, y’all. I know everyone hates Allred and everything but my mother said to me once: “If somebody groped you, I would want you to go to Gloria Allred.” So, Allred has now taken on Doe #1 as a client, and she released a statement yesterday:
“I represent John Doe #1. 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. Our client and our firm has no further comment at this time.”
Allred’s entrance into Masseur-gate makes this less about the legal technicalities of man-on-man sexual assault and more about Allred going in for a major money grab. When Allred is through talking to the press about all of Doe #1’s claims, Travolta will be begging to throw money at the problem.
Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet.
Written by Kaiser
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