The John Travolta lawsuit has taken more twists and turns, as the original plaintiff accusing the actor of improper sexual conduct has parted ways with the lawyer who filed the suit, Radar and other media outlets are reporting.
The lawsuit, filed Monday by a “John Doe,” claimed Travolta tried to initiate unwanted sexual contact on Jan. 16 during a massage at the Beverly Hills Hotel. In the days following the suit, Travolta’s representatives have released photos and a restaurant receipt showing the actor was in New York on that date. A restaurant employee and wardrobe employee both have vouched for him being there, and flight records posted by TMZ also indicate he was in New York on the date “John Doe” alleged the incident.
This comes after the unnamed plaintiff shared his thoughts on the Radar web site. In part “John Doe’s” statement reads: “As the unidentified masseur in the John Travolta case I have an opinion that I wanted to share. I don’t think anyone should form any opinion about Mr. Travolta, his family, his council, myself, John Doe #2, and our counsel. Instead, I would urge everyone to understand that guilt or innocence in our Justice System is decided by our court system. Too often these matters are decided by swaying public opinion through elements that would never be considered in an actual court case.”
The statement actually wished Travolta well: “Even though Mr. Travolta and his counsel are on opposing sides in this matter, I do wish them good health, happiness, and want them to be judged with absolute fairness as our great nation affords all citizens regardless of their wealth or station.”
The lawyer who filed the case, Okorie Okorocha, amended the original lawsuit to add “John Doe #2,” who made similar allegations about Travolta, only stating that they occurred Jan. 28 at “an unnamed Atlanta resort.” Travolta was in Atlanta earlier this year filming “Killing Season” with Robert De Niro, and was spotted dining at The Palm on Jan. 24. So at the moment, the “John Doe” lawsuit appears to be moving on, minus “John Doe,” although the attorney is sticking with “John Doe #2″ and has suggested others would come forward.
From the beginning Travolta’s representatives have vowed a vigorous defense and promised a countersuit.
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