Monday, April 22, 2024

John Travolta’s Situation is Getting Worse: New Accusations


John Travolta’s scandal is getting worse, not better, and I’m surprised. I thought after the lawyer for Travolta’s first accuser dumped his client, things would start to straighten out. Then a former employee of Royal Caribbean Cruise lines claimed Travolta propositioned him, for $12,000. That seemed unlikely on many counts. I made many calls to Royal Caribbean; no one called back. Now the New York Daily News has a former masseur from the Peninsula Hotel on Fifth Avenue. He claims Travolta was banned from the hotel for a while for harassing the staff. Here’s the story:

Travolta’s lawyer Marty Singer is an infamous pit bull. The lawyer for the two John Doe’s is no match for him. Singer will just obliterate his clients’ stories. But if more people keep turning up, it will be like a boat springing little leaks. After a while, you can’t contain them. And all of this must be driving the Scientology people crazy, since they deplore homosexuality.

In the end, the sad part of all this is: Travolta is not Mel Gibson. He’s not even Tom Cruise. He never proselytized in an overt way. Mostly he kept his family life to himself. He’s always been a nice guy in public. But it’s worrisome that this man in the Daily News has gone on record, by name. And for no money. I highly doubt Mort Zuckerman authorized paying a source. So we’ll have to wait and see what’s next, or if anyone else shows up with some outlandish claim.

It’s curious: Travolta was supposed to play John Gotti in a movie that’s never been financed or come to fruition. It’s assumed to be dead. Could these two things be connected?

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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