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John Travolta sued by male masseuse for sexual battery, actor claims it is ‘a complete fabrication’

Travolta. (Russ Einhorn / Splash News)

John Travolta has been plagued by gay rumors for years, and a new lawsuit certainly will not help put them to rest. A male masseuse filed a lawsuit on Friday claiming that the married-with-children actor propositioned him for sex after hiring him for a massage in Los Angeles on January 16. In the court papers, the unidentified plaintiff says that a man claiming he represented a celebrity who "demanded full confidentiality" called him from a blocked cell phone number after seeing his ad online. He was then told to meet on a specific street and a car would come pick him up — and when it did, Travolta was the one behind the wheel.

Upon getting into the Lexus SUV, the plaintiff says the "Hairspray" actor was dressed in dark glasses, jeans, an athletic shirt, and silver watch and that there were Trojan condoms on the car's console and chocolate cake wrappers on the floor. Once the two arrived at the Beverly Hills Hotel, they headed inside one of the private bungalows on the property for the massage. Travolta, according to the lawsuit, "shamelessly stripped naked" in front of the masseuse and a professional chef who was also in the room preparing hamburgers, and appeared to be "semi-erect." The plaintiff claims he then asked the actor to lay face-down on his massage table and drape himself in a towel, which elicited a chuckle from Travolta, who is married to actress Kelly Preston. "He wants me to get on the table, can you believe that," he allegedly muttered to himself.

During the first hour of the massage, the plaintiff claims things went relatively smoothly, except for the fact that Travolta moved his towel down to expose part of his buttocks 10 times, even though the masseuse told him that was against state law. Once the hour was up, the chef covered the hamburgers he had prepared and exited the bungalow without saying a word. It was at this point that Travolta supposedly began to rub the masseuse's leg. After he backed up, Travolta stopped, but only briefly before then groping his crotch area. When the masseuse complained, he says Travolta apologized "and snickered to himself like a mischievous child," and then did it again, this time rubbing his private parts. "This was painful and uncomfortable," he says in the lawsuit. And when he said so to the actor, Travolta once again apologized and said "[we] must have gotten our signals crossed."

According to the suit, Travolta then offered to switch places with the professional and do a "reverse massage," including a handjob, but that, too, was met with a refusal so he instead asked for deep-tissue neck massage. While the masseuse worked on Travolta, he claims the actor asked him to "say something nice to me," and when he looked down Travolta was masturbating. When the plaintiff said he was uncomfortable and wanted to leave, he says the actor called him "selfish" and insisted he had performed sexual favors in order to break into Hollywood during his "Welcome Back, Kotter" days in the 1970s, and suggested the masseuse do the same. The whole event finally ended when the plaintiff threatened to call police if he was not dropped back off from where he was picked up. At that, Travolta put his clothes back on and complained to the masseuse, "I will find new friends," before paying him $800 for two hours of service, double his rate.

The unidentified plaintiff is suing for sexual battery, assault, and emotional distress and is asking for $2 million and for his case to go before a jury.

Naturally, Travolta is denying the masseuse's claims. "This lawsuit is a complete fiction and fabrication," his rep said 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. 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."