The identity of John Truesdale, 40, an Atlanta, Ga., massage therapist, was revealed Saturday by the New York Daily News, whose reporters tracked down the burly, 250-pound employee of the boutique hotel Mandarin Oriental.
“I thought I was supposed to be anonymous,” Truesdale was quoted as saying as he posed for a photograph near his Smyrna, Ga., home. Truesdale, a former high school football player and onetime U.S. Army medic, is a certified nail technician, a licensed massage therapist and a married father, the Daily News reports. “I can’t talk about [the case],” he told the paper.
In his initial lawsuit, Truesdale claimed Travolta sexually assaulted him in the actor’s hotel room “on or about” Jan. 28.
“I can confirm that we do represent Mr. Truesdale, and that we have great confidence in him,” his lawyer Gloria Allred said in a statement released Saturday. “We are conferring with him regarding the next course of action in this matter. Neither our client nor our law firm have any other comment at this time.”
Travolta’s attorney, Marty Singer, has vehemently denied any claims of wrongdoing, saying the actor’s accusers are “seeking their 15 minutes of fame.” He added, “Not one penny has been paid, nor do we have any intention to pay any money for these ridiculous and false claims.”
It remains to be seen whether Allred, who also represents the first John Doe, will file a new lawsuit against the actor.