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John Travolta's First Accuser Dropped by Lawyer; Second Case Likely Won't Go to Trial

May 15, 2012
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One of the men accusing John Travolta of sexually assaulting him has been dropped by his lawyer, while a second case will likely never go to trial, RadarOnline reports.

The website reports that the first male masseur who filed a lawsuit against Travolta was dropped on Friday by his lawyer, Okorie Okorocha, who is also representing the second alleged victim.

Okorocha backed away from the case after the unidentified accuser admitted that he was wrong about the date of the alleged attack.

The man's claims Travolta assaulted him in Los Angeles back on January 16, 2012.

Travolta allegedly groped the massage therapist repeatedly and then masturbated during a two-hour session in a bungalow at the Beverly Hills Hotel, according to court documents.

The lawsuit claimed that the masseur "suffered severe emotional distress" and asked for $2 million in damages.

Travolta's attorney, Marty Singer, has strongly denied those charges, and has also provided proof the actor was in New York working on a film on the day in question.

Meantime, the sexual assault and battery lawsuit that an Atlanta-based masseur filed against Travolta will likely not go to trial, according to RadarOnline.

Both sides have agreed to have the case heard by a private judge behind closed doors rather than before a jury, the website reports.

The unidentified male masseur made the claims against Travolta several days after the first lawsuit was filed.

The second victim says that he did an in-room massage on Travolta while working at resort in Atlanta, Georgia on January 28, 2012.

According to the lawsuit, as the massage came to an end, "Travolta suddenly turned on his stomach with his legs wide open with a full erection. He then tried to force Doe Plaintiff No. 2's hand on Travolta's scrotum. Then, Travolta started to grab, rub and caress Doe Plaintiff no. 2's upper thighs and buttocks."

The suit also alleges that, "Travolta started masturbating about 15 minutes left in the session, and Doe Plaintiff No.2, said he had to go."

A source tells RadarOnline that Singer and Okorocha are working on the ground rules about how the mediation will proceed.

According to the source: "This is done for a plethora of reasons, mainly, this will allow the masseur's identity from being made public, and it would just be a media circus if it did go to trial."

Singer has said the second claim "is just absurd and ridiculous as the first one."

A statement from Travolta questions why the first plaintiff is identified only as "John Doe" in the court filing.

"The plaintiff, who refuses to give their name, knows that the suit is a baseless lie," the statement said.

"It is for that reason that the plaintiff hasn't been identified with a name even though it is required to do so."

Travolta's statement said Okorocha filed the suit to "get his 15 minutes of fame," and that Travolta intends to sue him for "malicious prosecution."

Okorocha, who said his practice specializes in going after sexual predators, said he is not intimidated.

"There are many potential plaintiffs, but I am only adding them as I am able to fully investigate and vet them," Okorocha said.

A third man -- a former employee of the Royal Caribbean cruise line -- has also come forward claiming he was sexually harassed by Travolta.

Chile-born Fabian Zanzi claims Travolta accosted him and offered him $12,000 for sex. Zanzi says he refused.

Cruise Law News translated a report from the South American media outlet ABC.es, which quotes Zanzi as saying, "[Travolta] had something on his neck. I thought it was a fuzz. As I approached, he took off his white coat and was naked. He hugged me and asked me to do a massage."

Zanzi said he reported the incident to his Royal Caribbean supervisors, who not only did not believe him but instead confined him to his cabin. He was later fired by the cruise line.

Travolta, 58, has been married to actress Kelly Preston for 20 years.

The oldest of their three children, Jett, was 16 when he died of a seizure while the family was vacationing in the Bahamas in January 2009.



Source: (c)2012 KTLA-TV (Los Angeles)


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