Two men accuse John Travolta of sexual battery in lawsuit...
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...John Joseph Travolta (born February 18, 1954) is an American actor, singer and dancer. Travolta rose to fame during the 1970s, appearing on the television series Welcome Back, Kotter (1975–1979) and starring in the box office successes Saturday Night Fever (1977) and Grease (1978).
- First plaintiff accuses John Travolta of propositioning, groping during massage
- "None of the events claimed in the suit ever occurred," Travolta's rep says
- Lawsuit: First incident allegedly happened January 16, 2012, at the Beverly Hills Hotel
- Travolta was on the East Coast that day, his lawyer says
A federal lawsuit accusing John Travolta of assault and sexual battery on two massage therapists includes lurid details of one of the alleged incidents. Travolta's lawyer soundly rejected the claims of both plaintiffs and called the claims of the first plaintiff "complete fiction."
In the first incident, Travolta allegedly groped a male massage therapist repeatedly and finally masturbated himself during the two-hour session in a bungalow at the Beverly Hills Hotel on January 16, 2012, according to court documents filed last Friday.
...The first plaintiff, a Texas native who is unidentified in the court documents, "suffered severe emotional distress," the lawsuit claims. The lawsuit is asking for $2 million in damages.
"This lawsuit is a complete fiction and fabrication," a statement from Travolta's representative said. "None of the events claimed in the suit ever occurred."
A second male therapist, who was allegedly sexually assaulted by Travolta at an Atlanta hotel on January 25, was added to the lawsuit Tuesday.
"This second 'anonymous' claim is just as absurd and ridiculous as the first one," said Travolta lawyer Martin Singer on Tuesday afternoon.
...The Travolta statement questions why the first plaintiff is identified only as "John Doe" in the court filing.
"The plaintiff, who refuses to give their name, knows that the suit is a baseless lie," the statement said. "It is for that reason that the plaintiff hasn't been identified with a name even though it is required to do so."
Travolta's statement said plaintiffs' attorney Okorie Okorocha filed the suit to "get his 15 minutes of fame." Once it is thrown out of court, Travolta will sue him for "malicious prosecution," it said.
...Okorocha, who said his practice specializes in going after sexual predators, said he is not intimidated.
"There are many potential plaintiffs, but I am only adding them as I am able to fully investigate and vet them," Okorocha said.
Singer said it is "easily provable" that Travolta was not in California on the day the first incident allegedly happened "since John Travolta was on the East Coast working on a movie on the date that anonymous 'Doe No. 1' claims he interacted with our client."
Okorocha said he was in discussions with Travolta's lawyer for weeks before filing the suit last week and was never told this.
"I would not have filed it if they had indicated they had even McDonalds receipt to show he was anywhere but California," Okorocha said.
Travolta was photographed at an event in Los Angeles about 30 hours before the alleged incident, he said.