John Travolta's accusers hire Gloria Allred
Former attorney for two male masseurs accuses the famed lawyer of stealing his clients
Gloria Allred, the Los Angeles-based attorney known for taking high-profile cases, is now representing the two male masseurs accusing actor John Travolta of sexual battery and harassment.
It’s the latest twist in a case filled with lurid allegations against the star of such classic films as Saturday Night Fever, Grease and Pulp Fiction.
The identities of the two men have not been revealed – they are known as John Doe #1 and John Doe #2.
The first John Doe accuses Travolta of an alleged incident in January at the Beverly Hills Hotel while the second alleges an incident that same month at a resort in Atlanta.
Los Angeles-based attorney Okorie Okorocha had originally been representing both men and appeared on CNN and other media outlets discussing the lawsuits.
He accused Allred of ‘illegally’ seducing his clients away from him saying she solicited both John Does away from him while he was still working on their cases, according to TMZ.com.
Allred tells TMZ that Okorocha’s accusations are ‘false, outrageous and defamatory’ and said both men contacted her office.
John Doe #2’s lawsuit was dismissed this week and Allred explained to TMZ why: ‘We believe that the lawsuit should be filed in another court and, therefore, the lawsuit was dismissed without prejudice. We will be conferring with our client regarding what will happen next in this case.’
Travolta’s attorney, Marty Singer, denied reports that Travolta had agreed to financial settlements with either masseur.
‘I’m looking forward to trying the case against Gloria Allred in a court of law, not in the media,’ he told TMZ.
Also on Thursday, Singer addressed a story in The National Enquirer in which a third male masseur named Luis Gonzalez, who is not suing Travolta, alleged he had sex with the actor at the posh Ritz-Carlton hotel in Laguna Niguel, Calif., in 1997.
‘He’s a great kisser,’ Gonzalez said. ‘I know because I had sex with him, and he loved it.’
Singer said in a statement to the New York Daily News which picked up the story: ‘When it comes to claims about my client in supermarket tabloids, consider the source. This spate of recklessly published tabloid stories is just part of a malicious tabloid agenda to boost lagging sales by running outrageous, defamatory stories about my client sourced by people seeking notoriety or a payday.’