The masseur claims in his lawsuit that on January 16, this year, Travolta groped him during a massage session at the Beverly Hills Hotel and asked for sexual favors which the masseur refused. The suit claims that after the masseur turned down Travolta, the actor told the masseur “how selfish he was; that the Defendant got where he is now due to sexual favors he had performed when he was in his ‘Welcome Back Kotter’ days” and made a slew of other inappropriate comments before eventually agreeing to drive the masseur back to where he was originally picked up and pay him $800, twice the normal fee for two hours of work.
Travolta vehemently denies the allegations of both the inappropriate advances and the anti-Semitic comments. Travolta, who has been married to actress Kelly Preston for more than two decades, denies not only the whole of the story, but that he was even in the state of California when the events allegedly took place. A spokesman for Travolta said that “None of the events claimed in the suit ever occurred. The plaintiff, who refuses to give their name, knows that the suit is a baseless lie” and that the anonymous masseur merely wanted to “try and get his 15 minutes of fame.”
These lawsuits were followed by additional revelations of a second masseur represented by the same lawyer claiming Travolta sexually abused him at an Atlanta hotel.
Unlike fellow ‘90s movie star Mel Gibson, whose Jew-hating tirades have been covered in recent issues of the Jewish Voice, John Travolta has never previously faced accusations of anti-Semitism. Travolta is a member of the Church of Scientology, a religion which has generated considerable controversy itself over the years for its opposition to homosexuality amongst many other positions, but which has no specific anti-Semitic positions or history.