Gay author's lawsuit against John Travolta dismissed by LA judge
Robert Randolph alleged that the actor and his attorney had damaged his reputation
A Los Angeles Superior Court judge on Thursday (27 September) dismissed a lawsuit against John Travolta filed by the author of a self-published book called You’ll Never Spa in This Town Again.
Robert Randolph sued Travolta and his attorney Marty Singer in June seeking unspecified damages. He alleged that the pair harmed his reputation with false statements and hurt the sales of his book which alleges he had sexual encounters with Travolta and other celebrities.
The lawsuit stems from when Gawker used part of Randolph’s book as source material for the article The Secret Sex Life of John Travolta.
Singer made legal threats to Gawker Media and sent a cease-and-desist letter which alleged that Randolph was an unreliable source in part because several people maintain that he had spent time in mental institutions.
Gawker posted Singer’s entire letter online.
Singer told E! News at the time that the lawsuit was ‘ridiculous.’
In dismissing the case, the judge ruled that the letter was a legitimate part of the legal dispute over the book and therefore protected by the First Amendment, according to TMZ.com.