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Judge says John Travolta can't stop alleged gay lover from spilling secrets

A California appeals court judge made a ruling on Tuesday that said actor John Travolta can no longer prevent former employee and alleged former gay lover Douglas Gotterba from telling his side of the story in court.

Gotterba worked for Travolta’s aircraft company Alto in the 1980s, until he reached a written termination agreement with the business in 1987. The pilot claims that his six-year working relationship with Travolta developed into something much more personal, and nearly 25 years later, he decided to “tell the story of his life and those involved in it.”

After Gotterba gave an interview to The National Enquirer and announced plans to release a book, Travolta’s attorney sent the pilot cease-and-desist letters claiming Gotterba was breaching a confidentiality provision in his original termination agreement. But Gotterba and his lawyer called the documents inauthentic, saying the paperwork in question was an early draft of the agreement. Gotterba sued Travolta and Alto, seeking a judge’s opinion about which agreement was valid and whether or not confidentiality was really enforceable.

However, a special California law created to protect First Amendment rights continued the legal back and forth—Alto responded with an anti-SLAPP motion asserting Travolta’s right to petition and further questioned whether or not Gotteba’s lawsuit was based upon the cease-and-desist letters alone, or the larger confidentiality disagreement. On Tuesday, California appeals court Presiding Justice Arthur Gilbert ruled in Gotteba’s favor, stating that the lawsuit was based on “the validity of the asserted termination agreements.” According to court documents, Gilbert added, “Although the prelitigation letters may have triggered Gotterba’s complaint and may be evidence in support of the complaint, they are not the basis of the complaint.”

Gilbert concluded that if Travolta had won, the decision “would lead to the absurd result that a person receiving a demand letter threatening legal action for breach of contract would be precluded from seeking declaratory relief to determine the validity of the contract. Declaratory relief would be limited to situations where the parties have not communicated their disagreement.”

John Travolta sued

John Travolta is being sued by his former pilot, Doug Gotterba, according to TMZ.

TMZ reports Gotterba made headlines recently when he told The National Enquirer that he had a sexual relationship with Travolta. After going public, Gotterba claims he got a threatening letter from Travolta’s lawyer, Marty Singer. In the lawsuit, Gotterba says Singer threatened to sue him for breaking a confidentiality agreement Gotterba allegedly signed when he was terminated. Gotterba says he signed a termination agreement, but there was no confidentiality clause.

UPDATE: Marty Singer released the following statement to EW:

“In his ridiculous lawsuit, Mr. Gotterba absurdly claims that an agreement that was never signed is binding, but that a signed agreement is not binding on him.  Significantly, the signed agreement actually gives Mr. Gotterba additional rights that don’t appear in the unsigned draft.  Mr. Gotterba obviously filed this lawsuit to get his 15 minutes of fame.  We plan to get this meritless case promptly dismissed.”

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John Travolta cleared of defamation

A defamation suit brought against John Travolta and his lawyer was dismissed by a Los Angeles Superior Court judge. Writer Robert Randolph — who’d written a book that detailed Travolta’s alleged sexual habits — had filed a lawsuit after a public letter from Travolta’s lawyer Marty Singer responded to those claims because the author claimed Singer’s comments had damaged his reputation. On Thursday, Judge Malcolm Mackey ruled that the letter was a legal expression of free speech.

“Robert Randolph’s ridiculous lawsuit against John Travolta and his attorney Marty Singer never should have been filed,” said Travolta and Singer’s Lynda Goldman, according to CNN. “Notwithstanding inane tabloid fodder, two individuals who sued Mr. Travolta voluntarily dismissed their cases, and Randolph’s case was dismissed by the court. Anyone else who thinks about suing Mr. Travolta should expect a similar result.”

The lawsuit stemmed from tangential accusations by two male massage therapists who separately accused Travolta of sexual battery. One was dismissed by a court, and the other was dropped in May.

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John Travolta sued for assault and battery

Fabian Zanzi, who worked on a Royal Caribbean cruise line, is suing John Travolta for assault and battery, claiming Travolta exposed himself during a neck massage and then embraced him, according to court papers obtained by EW.

The court papers also say Travolta then offered Zanzi $12,000 to be quiet about the encounter.  Zanzi reported the incident to his supervisor and was later fired. Zanzi is seeking unspecified general, consequential and punitive damages as well as court costs.

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John Travolta, lawyer Marty Singer sued for libel

John Travolta and his lawyer, Marty Singer, were sued today for trade libel by Robert Randolph, the author of a recent book about the actor, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The lawsuit follows earlier accusations against the actor of sexual battery. Randolph’s book, You’ll Never Spa in This Town Again, details Travolta’s alleged sexual encounters with other men in bath houses. Randolph also participated in a Gawker.com article about the actor titled “The Secret Sex Life of John Travolta” in 2010.

Shortly after that story was published, Singer wrote a letter to Gawker, calling Randolph’s claims “blatant defamatory lies.” Randolph’s suit states that since the letter has been widely circulated around the Internet, Singer has led the public to believe he is an unreliable source and has, as a result, discouraged people from buying his book.

When reached for comment, Singer released this statement: “This is a ridiculous lawsuit. It is based on our letter which was completely privileged under the law. We intend to sue the attorneys for malicious prosecution after the court promptly dismisses this baseless lawsuit.”

Travolta’s reps also released a statement: READ FULL STORY

Lawsuit from second John Travolta accuser dismissed

The second masseur to bring a claim of sexual battery against John Travolta is now pondering his next step. EW has confirmed that John Doe Number Two’s lawsuit has been dismissed without prejudice by the United States District Court, Central District of California. This dismissal follows just two days after John Doe Number One dropped his lawsuit against Travolta. Marty Singer, Travolta’s lawyer, called both claims “absurd and ridiculous,” and Travolta even produced credit card slips to discredit John Doe Number Two. Now the first accuser has retained the legal services of famed attorney Gloria Allred who, per a statement from Allred’s office, “will be conferring with our client regarding what will happen next in this case.”

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First John Travolta assault accuser drops lawsuit

John Doe Number One — the first masseur to sue John Travolta for assault, sexual battery, and intentional infliction of emotional distress — has dropped out of the lawsuit, People reports. The masseur’s action comes in the wake of evidence that contradicts his allegations, as well as his split from attorney Okorie Okorocha. A notice of dismissal was filed Tuesday in Los Angeles’s U.S. District Court.

“Let’s just say we had differences in opinion of how to handle the case and decided to part ways,” Okorocha told People. The lawyer is still representing John Doe Number Two, another masseur who claims the star used a private massage as an opportunity to make unwelcome sexual advances.

Travolta’s lawyer, Marty Singer, said in a statement that Number Two’s claim “is just as fabricated as the claim by Doe #1.” He added, “Our client will be fully vindicated in court on both of these absurd and fictional claims.”

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Second masseur joins John Travolta sexual battery lawsuit

A second anonymous masseur has joined the lawsuit against actor John Travolta, alleging the star used a private massage as an opportunity to make unwelcome sexual advances, including touching the second masseur’s legs, thighs, and buttocks. According to reports of the court filing, the event reputedly occurred in Atlanta, roughly two weeks after the first masseur alleges Travolta assaulted him at a hotel in Los Angeles. Both plaintiffs are listed only as Joe Does, but are represented by the same lawyer.

Travolta’s lawyer, Marty Singer, released the following statement in response to the amended complaint:  READ FULL STORY

John Travolta sued by masseur for assault and sexual battery; Travolta calls suit 'complete fiction'

Actor John Travolta has been sued for assault, sexual battery, and intentional infliction of emotional distress in U.S. District Court by an anonymous masseur, according to court papers obtained by EW. Referred to only as John Doe, the plaintiff alleges that Travolta hired him for a two-hour private massage in Los Angeles in mid-January and then made unwanted sexual advances, including touching his genitalia. He is seeking $2 million in damages.

When reached for comment, Travolta’s rep released this 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.”

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