The first of two masseurs who lodged sexual assault claims against John Travolta has dropped his case. He’d already lost his lawyer after it became clear that Travolta wasn’t even in LA when the assault supposedly took place. Although the masseur initially said he would continue with his claim and that he’d merely been mistaken about the exact day it happened, it appears he’s realised that if he couldn’t even get something as simple as the date right, it’s unlikely he could now succeed in the rest of his claim.
Travolta’s lawyer released a statement saying that actor has been “completely vindicated” by the dismissal of the first complaint. Marty Singer said he expected his client to “similarly be vindicated” with regards to the second claimant, referred to in documents as John Doe No 2.
The first masseur had claimed that on January 16th, Travolta booked a massage, then asked for sex, got rebuffed, volunteered to jerk the masseur off, touched the man’s penis without permission and masturbated.
The second claim, which involves allegations the actor tried to forces the masseur to touch his anus, is currently still going forward. However it’s difficult to see it succeeding, as one claim was essentially backing up the other with little direct evidence for either. Indeed it seems the claimant it already looking for a quick way out (and a quick payout), with his lawyer saying the masseur is willing to drop the case for $250,000. It’s still unlikely he’ll get it though, unless Travolta sees no other way to make the allegations and public scrutiny go away quickly.