In his official complaint, an unnamed massage therapist referred to as "John Doe" charged Travolta with assault, sexual battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress and is requesting $2 million in damages.
Whether or not his allegations are true, the "Pulp Fiction" actor loses either way. Lurid details about his private parts and sexual allegations are floating around the Internet now like confetti on New Year's Eve.
The case is getting so much publicity, it even has its own Twitter hashtag -- #PenisLawsuit.
Given that no sex acts between Travolta and the plaintiff were claimed to have occurred -- by "Doe's" own admission -- the $2 million ask seems excessive. If he was that horrified, why did the alleged victim willingly remain in the room for two hours and ask the man who caused his supposed distress for a ride home?
The "Saturday Night Fever" star is an easy target for a lawsuit of this type. The Scientologist has long been rumored to swing both ways, so a story that he tried to get sexual favors from another man could seem plausible. The masseur may have hoped Travolta would settle to make the mess go away and avoid all the unpleasant publicity about his privates.
In fact, just the opposite may happen. The actor's lawyer, Marty Singer, said his client would sue both the plaintiff and his attorney for malicious prosecution, claiming Travolta wasn't even in town when the alleged incident occurred.
Frivolous lawsuits against celebs with deep pockets are nothing new. The woman who accused Justin Bieber of fathering her baby also provided graphic details about her alleged backstage tryst with the musical boy wonder, but Mariah Yeater ended up dropping her case after the Biebs pushed back. Denying he had even met his so-called baby mama, he said, "I know that I'm going to be a target, but I'm never going to be a victim."
And in a criminal accusation that could have resulted in an eventual civil suit, a bar manager's claim that Lindsay Lohan bumped him with her Porsche was rejected by the district attorney's office after surveillance tapes revealed there was no collision and the allegedly injured man refused to turn over medical records from his hospital visit.
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