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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Second masseur 'brings sexual assault suit against John Travolta'

John Travolta
John Travolta

A SECOND masseur is reportedly suing John Travolta for sexual assault, claiming that the Hollywood star made an advance on him.

No details or court documents were available for the second plaintiff, who reportedly filed his suit on Tuesday morning, just as the earlier case was making headlines around the world.

Both men are being represented by the same California lawyer, Okorie Okorocha, and are suing for $2 million (€1.54 million) for sexual harassment and sexual assault, according to gossip site Radar Online.

In the first case, filed on Friday in California, the masseur claims that Travolta rubbed his leg, touched his genitals and tried to initiate at least one sex act inside a private bungalow at the Beverley Hills Hotel on January 16.

The suit goes into detail to describe the incident, saying the massage was arranged by an anonymous phone caller who met the masseur at a streetside location, picked him up and drove him to the hotel where he was to be paid $200 per hour.

A spokesman for Travolta furiously denied the claims in the first suit, calling them a "baseless lie".

"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," a spokesman said, adding that Travolta planned to counter-sue both the plaintiff and Mr Okorocha.

The second plaintiff, who has also chosen to remain anonymous, claims to have "substantial documentation and numerous witnesses regarding the substance of Travolta's actions," according to Radar Online.

Mr Okorocha did not return calls to his office nor an email sent to the gmail account he listed on court documents.

Earlier in the day, he told Reuters: "We did discuss the matter with some of [Travolta's] people to see if there was any way it could be resolved ... to make it easier on everyone."

Travolta, 58, rose to fame in the 1970s on television sitcom "Welcome Back Kotter," then became a movie star with hits such as "Saturday Night Fever," "Grease" and later, "Pulp Fiction."

He has been nominated for two Academy Awards and has been married to wife Kelly Preston since 1991.


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