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Originally posted 06/08/2012 04:00PM
John Travolta returned to the spotlight Thursday for the first time since sexual abuse allegations against him made headlines last month.
At the 40th American Film Institute Life Achievement Awards in L.A., the actor turned up as a surprise speaker to pay tribute to the night's honoree, Shirley MacLaine.
When it came to '70s movie musicals, it was MacLaine who helped get the ball rolling with her 1970 Golden Globe nominated performance in Sweet Charity. Travolta, meanwhile, capped off the decade with his robust 1977 Saturday Night Fever and 1978 Grease.
Originally posted 05/19/2012 02:15PM
The second man who filed a now-retracted $2 million sexual battery lawsuit against John Travolta has been unmasked.
The identity of John Truesdale, 40, an Atlanta, Ga., massage therapist, was revealed Saturday by the New York Daily News, whose reporters tracked down the burly, 250-pound employee of the boutique hotel Mandarin Oriental.
"I thought I was supposed to be anonymous," Truesdale was quoted as saying as he posed for a photograph near his Smyrna, Ga., home. Truesdale, a former high school football player and onetime U.S. Army medic, is a certified nail technician, a licensed massage therapist and a married father, the Daily News reports. "I can't talk about [the case]," he told the paper.
Originally posted 05/17/2012 02:10PM
John Doe Number Two, the second man to accuse John Travolta of sexual battery, withdrew his claim on Thursday, court records show, but he will now pursue the case with Gloria Allred.
"We believe that the lawsuit should be filed in another court and, therefore, the lawsuit was dismissed without prejudice," Allred said in a statement Thursday. "We will be conferring with our client regarding what will happen next in this case."
Does Number One and Two had both filed $2 million lawsuits against the actor earlier this month, alleging sexual misconduct in two separate incidents in January. But both cases have since been withdrawn.
John Doe Number One is also currently represented by attorney Gloria Allred, but it remains to be seen whether Allred will file a new lawsuit against Travolta.
Originally posted 05/16/2012 11:25AM
John Doe Number One, whose accusations of misconduct against John Travolta seemed to unravel last week, has a new lawyer.
"I represent John Doe Number One," famed civil rights attorney Gloria Allred confirmed to PEOPLE. "Mr. Doe's lawsuit was dismissed without prejudice which means that he is still legally entitled to file another lawsuit against John Travolta if he chooses. We are in the process of conferring with him regarding the next steps, which he may wish to take. Our client and our firm has no further comment at this time."
Allred has a long history of taking on sexual misconduct cases against A-list celebs, including allegations against Tiger Woods and Arnold Schwarzenegger, among others.
Originally posted 05/15/2012 01:35PM
John Travolta has one less accuser to worry about.
The masseur known only as John Doe Number One, whose claims of sexual assault during a massage session set off a firestorm for the actor, has dropped out of the lawsuit amid mounting evidence apparently contradicting his allegations.
"Let's just say we had differences in opinion of how to handle the case and decided to part ways," his lawyer Okorie Okorocha tells PEOPLE.
The notice of dismissal was filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles.
Originally posted 05/14/2012 01:45PM
As the sexual assault case of John Travolta's first accuser appears to have all but crumbled, the focus has shifted to allegations made by John Doe #2 – and his attorney is gearing up for a no-holds-barred trial.
But he wants it carried out entirely in private.
"I want a full trial with a private judge," Okorie Okorocha tells PEOPLE, shooting down a report that he's in talks to enter mediation with Travolta's attorneys. "There is no mediation. There'll never be a settlement. I want privacy for sex crime victims."
"It looks like [Travolta's attorney Marty Singer] wants one hell of a fight, and that is what he'll get from me," Okorocha adds.
Originally posted 05/11/2012 04:45PM
John Doe No. 1, the first anonymous masseur to make sexual allegations against John Travolta, is getting a new attorney but remains on the lawsuit for now.
Lawyer Okorie Okorocha tells PEOPLE his client, whose claims appeared to be contradicted by photos, a restaurant receipt, airline records and other evidence, "is getting new representation."
A second masseur is still being represented by Okorocha, and the lawsuit continues to list both men as plaintiffs, though it could be amended at any time.
Originally posted 05/10/2012 12:10PM
A masseur's sexual-assault claim against John Travolta appears to be unraveling even further, as flight records suggest the actor was not in Los Angeles on the morning of the alleged incident.
TMZ.com has posted flight records and documents apparently showing that Travolta, 58, arrived in New York from L.A. in the early hours of Jan. 16. The site has also posted photos of the actor during a wardrobe fitting later that day in New York's Greenwich Hotel. According to the lawsuit, the alleged incident occurred at 10 a.m. in Beverly Hills. (The flight can't be independently verified through public flight-tracking services because his plane's flight records are blocked.)
Travolta's attorney previously provided PEOPLE a photograph and a Mr. Chow restaurant receipt as proof his client was in New York that day.
Originally posted 05/09/2012 03:05PM
How many John Does are there?
As evidence arises that may contradict one victim's claims, other men have reached out to a lawyer who filed a lawsuit accusing the actor of sexual battery and harassment, the attorney tells PEOPLE.
"There's a bunch of accusers against Travolta who have similar accusations," says plaintiff lawyer Okorie Okorocha. "Many have contacted me, and I'm still vetting their stories. More defendants might come forward soon."
Originally posted 05/08/2012 05:40PM
A second masseur with allegations of sexual battery and harassment has been added to the lawsuit against John Travolta that was filed on Friday in California.
The second plaintiff, also represented by Pasadena, Calif., attorney Okorie Okorocha, has remained anonymous, and accuses Travolta, 58, of improper behavior during a massage session at an Atlanta-area resort, according to papers obtained and posted online by Radar.
In response to the new filing, Travolta's lawyer, Marty Singer, told PEOPLE in a statement, "This second 'anonymous' claim is just as absurd and ridiculous as the first one. The attorney who filed the lawsuit on behalf of his second anonymous client, who does not want to disclose his name although he is required to do so, was notified that his first client's claims were totally false and fabricated, since our client was not in L.A. when anonymous 'Doe #1' claims he interacted with John Travolta."
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