The last few months have seen numerous rumours and allegations emerge about John Travolta having a bit of a thing for male masseurs. However before individual masseurs came forward to make allegations there was Robert Randolph’s self-published book, You’ll Never Spa In This Town Again and a 2010 Gawker article based on Randolph’s claims.
Travolta wasn’t too impressed with someone going around saying he enjoyed gay sex in spas and bath houses, with Randolph claiming the actor liked to be watched engaging in sex with various men. This causes Travolta’s pitbull lawyer, Marty Singer, to speak out against the claims and send Gawker a cease-and-desist letter, which alleged that Randolph was an unreliable source in part due to allegations of mental issues.
Randolph sued for defamation, saying the allegations harmed his reputation with false statements and hurt the sales of his book. However now a judge has thrown the lawsuit out, more on a technicality than on a finding of fact. The judge found the letter Singer sent to have gone out ahead of planned legal action and is therefore privileged and can’t be used to sue someone in court. It was also noted that rather than hurting sales of the book, Singer’s lawsuit may well have helped it sell far more copies than it would done on its own, which is probably true.
Indeed it’s one of the odd things about the way the tenacious Singer operates, in that in so vociferously denying any and all claims, he has a tendency to draw more attention to them than they would othersie have had.