John Travolta Denounces Sexual Battery Lawsuit as 'Fiction'
John Travolta is the subject of a $2 million lawsuit by an anonymous plaintiff who claims that the actor assaulted and sexually harassed him after he was hired to massage the actor.
A rep for Travolta strongly denies all the claims and says the actor intends to countersue the masseur, identified as John Doe in his court filing, and his attorney for malicious prosecution.
The 14-page suit, filed Friday in California’s U.S. District Court, charges Travolta, 58, with assault, sexual battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
According to the complaint, Travolta exposed himself and groped the masseur despite the masseur’s protests, among other salacious activities, in Los Angeles in January 2012.
“This lawsuit is a complete fiction and fabrication,” Travolta’s rep tells PEOPLE in a statement. “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,” the statement continues.
In March, an anonymous masseur gave an interview to the National Enquirer alleging similar claims to this lawsuit. The suit claims that Travolta eventually paid John Doe $800 after he threatened to call the police during the alleged incident inside a bungalow at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
As a result of the incident, says the complaint, “The Plaintiff suffered severe emotional distress including but not limited to suffering, anguish, fright, horror, nervousness, grief, anxiety, worry, shock, humiliation and shame.”
Travolta’s rep tells PEOPLE, “[The] 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.”
John Doe is represented, according to the papers, by Pasadena, Calif., attorney Okorie Okorocha.
• Reporting by KEN LEE