Following accusations that he is gay and a lawsuit on top of that, John Travolta is feeling the pain in his celebrity Achilles heel.”This is every celebrity’s Achilles heel,” the 60-year-old actor told The Daily Beast in an interview published Tuesday.
Travolta was alluding to the lawsuit filed by Douglas Gotterba, a former pilot for his aircraft firm, Alto who claimed they were also in a relationship while they both worked for him in the 1980s. Gotterba is asking for permission to write an open book on their relationship. “It’s just about people wanting money,” the award-winning actor said. “That’s all. It happens on many levels.”
Not for the first time, a man has come forward claiming to be Travolta’s ex-lover or another person the actor pursued. Former Royal Caribbean Cruises worker Fabian Zanzi claimed in 2012 that the “Grease” actor had touched him on board a ship in 2009.
“Travolta forced his naked person and his erect penis against plaintiff’s person causing plaintiff to experience pain, shock, embarrassment, distress, and fear,” the complaint filed in federal court in Los Angeles said. Later, attorneys representing Travolta and Zanzi filed papers dropping the case, preventing Zanzi from refining. In 2012, masseurs in Atlanta and Beverly Hills reportedly accused Travolta of s*xual battery, but those claims were ultimately dropped as well.
Travolta, who has been married to Kelly Preston since 1991 and has refuted all allegations of homos*xuality and s*xual assault, said to the Daily Beast: “Others may attack it back more than I do, but I let all the media stuff go a long time ago because I can’t control it.” “I believe that’s why it endures, to some extent,”
The “Face/Off” star may dismiss allegations about himself, but he won’t keep quiet about his family. “I found it most offensive with the loss of my son,” he said, referring to the 2009 passing of his son Jett, who died of a seizure while the family vacationed in the Bahamas during Christmas.
“I felt like that was the lowest I’d ever felt,” added Travolta, who plays a second-generation petty crook planning to escape prison to visit his sick kid in the upcoming film “Forger.” You’ll always find someone interested in s*xual matters, but please stay away from my family, he admonished.
John Travolta Responds To Gay Affair Rumors: “S*x Stuff Is Always Going To Be Interesting To Somebody”
John Travolta says a pending lawsuit filed by a former male employee who claims that the two used to be involved romantically is “just about people wanting money.”
The 60-year-old Pulp Fiction and Look Who’s Talking actor, who is married to Kelly Preston and has kids, made his remarks in a recent interview with The Daily Beast. Years of s*xuality allegations have dogged Travolta, who is currently promoting his latest film The Forger.
When asked about this “pending lawsuit from a man who claims to be your former pilot about a romantic relationship,” the actor told the outlet, “This is every celebrity’s Achilles heel. It’s just about people wanting money. That’s all. It happens on many levels.”
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While working for Travolta’s aircraft company in the 1980s, a man by the name of Doug Gotterba reportedly admitted to The National Enquirer in 2012 that he and the actor were romantically involved. He asserted that after that, the star’s lawyer sent him a cease-and-desist letter alleging that he had “breached the confidentiality provision” of the termination agreement he had signed when he left the company. According to court documents, the attorney knew Gotterba intended to “write a book regarding his personal and intimate relationship with Travolta.”
Gotterba filed a lawsuit against Travolta, claiming that although a paper released the next month did contain such a clause, the unsigned termination agreement from March 1987 was the “enforceable” deal. The claim was deemed “ridiculous” by the actor’s attorney. The first contract, according to Travolta’s business, was only a draught; the more recent contract, which Gotterba signed, was valid.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, a California appeals court decided in July that he could contest the legality of the secrecy agreement. According to The Daily Beast, Travolta seems to be more frequently the target of “these types of charges” “than other prominent people. And I don’t care about it,” he added. “Others may respond to it more forcefully than I do, but I have long since given up trying to manage the media. That, in part, is why I believe it continues.”
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He said, “I found that particularly insulting given the loss of my son,” referring to the 2009 death of their son Jett, who was 16 years old. “I believed that to be my lowest point in life. Someone will always be interested in s*xual matters, but you should avoid discussing them with your family. You ought to. I’ve always thought that the media—not all of them, but some of it—went too low there.”
Two male massage therapists sued Travolta in 2012, alleging inappropriate touching on his part. His attorney refuted the accusations. A former cruise ship employee who claimed the actor s*xually harassed him also filed a lawsuit against him. It was “another absurd claim by someone leaping on the bandwagon to grab his 15 minutes of fame,” according to Travolta’s attorney. Since then, every case has been dismissed.
Also in 2012, Travolta’s Look Who’s Talking film series co-star Kirstie Alley told Barbara Walters, in response to rumors about the actor’s s*xuality, “I know John with all my heart and soul; he’s not gay.”
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