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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."
Originally posted 05/07/2012 06:30PM
John Travolta is the subject of a $2 million lawsuit by an anonymous plaintiff who claims that the actor assaulted and sexually harassed him after he was hired to massage the actor.
A rep for Travolta strongly denies all the claims and says the actor intends to countersue the masseur, identified as John Doe in his court filing, and his attorney for malicious prosecution.
The 14-page suit, filed Friday in California's U.S. District Court, charges Travolta, 58, with assault, sexual battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
According to the complaint, Travolta exposed himself and groped the masseur despite the masseur's protests, among other salacious activities, in Los Angeles in January 2012.
"This lawsuit is a complete fiction and fabrication," Travolta's rep tells PEOPLE in a statement. "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. It is for that reason that the plaintiff hasn't been identified with a name even though it is required to do so."
Originally posted 04/26/2012 10:45AM
Barbra Streisand enjoyed a 70th birthday party to remember in Malibu, Calif., on Tuesday night, celebrating with close friends and enjoying a performance by her favorite singer, Johnny Mathis.
The legendary actress and singer was joined at Taverna Tony by about 80 guests, including John Travolta, Warren Beatty, Pierce Brosnan and Keely Smith, Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw, her stepson Josh Brolin and Diane Lane, Kenny G and Donna Karan.
The group dined on traditional Greek food, including hummus dip, Greek peasant salad, homemade veal sausages, chicken breast souvlaki and roast baby lamb.
"It was an intimate magical event with only very close friends, people I've known and loved more than 20 years," Streisand tells PEOPLE. "The highlight of the evening was my son's film that he made for me. People kept asking, 'Who is that singing?' And when I said it was Jason, everyone was blown away by the beauty and soulfulness of his voice. Quincy Jones wanted to sign him on the spot."
Originally posted 01/26/2012 06:35PM
Robert Hegyes, best known as John Travolta's fellow "Sweathog" Juan Epstein on the sitcom Welcome Back, Kotter, has died. He was 60
Hegyes died from an apparent heart attack after having chest pains, The Star-Ledger reports. His brother tells the New Jersey paper the actor had suffered a heart attack in the last couple of years and was not well.
Hegyes, who was born in New Jersey, played a wise-cracking Jewish Puerto Rican student with an infectious wide grin. He co-starred in the classic comedy with a young Travolta, who played Vinnie Barbarino.
Originally posted 11/28/2011 05:15PM
When Kelly Preston gave birth to her son Benjamin Travolta a year ago, she knew losing the baby weight wouldn't be easy.
"When I got pregnant at 48, I didn't know if my body would bounce back," the actress tells PEOPLE.
Turns out, Preston had no need to worry. Not only did she shed the baby weight, but over the past year she's dipped below her pre-pregnancy weight – and is relishing a new figure and renewed vitality as she approaches the mid-century mark.
"I lost 39 lbs., have more energy than I had 20 years ago – and I feel amazing," Preston says. "I'm going to be turning 50 next year – holy s–––! Hey, 50 is the new 30."
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