CLAIM: John Travolta Offered Masseur Sex Accuser $125,000 for Silence
3:29 pm, May 23rd, 2012
The New York Daily News claims John Travolta’s legal team offered massage therapist John Truesdale $125,000 to withdraw his sexual battery lawsuit against the Hollywood star and to silence him after he alleged that Travolta tried to initiate sexual contact in an Atlanta hotel.
A “source” tells the newspaper that Truesdale was offered a “six-figure sum” not to pursue his serious accusations against Travolta.
Truesdale was recently identified as the “John Doe #2″ who, along with a second masseur, filed and then dropped a lawsuit through lawyer Okorie Okorocha, who was subsequently replaced by Gloria Allred.
But Travolta’s camp is strongly denying the Daily News report of a proposed payoff.
The actor’s lawyer, Marty Singer, tells Gossip Cop: “This ridiculous story about a purported six figure settlement offer to Doe #2 is false, just like the claim by the New York Daily News that my client had been ‘banned’ from the Peninsula Hotel.”
He notes, “The Daily News’ source, Michael Caputo, is quoted on the record in People magazine confirming that my client was never banned from the Peninsula,” adding, “It seems like the Daily News will publish virtually anything it is told even if there is no truth to it.”
We gave a feeling the fighting is not quite done.
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