John Travolta’s homosexuality has been an open secret for years in Hollywood, according to long-time friend, actress Carrie Fisher, who has talked about it frequently in the past. But that’s not the only surprise twist in his sex assault suits.
The John Doe who launched the latest scandal over Travolta’s sexual habits has been dropped by lawyer Okorie Okorocha, who is handling cases for men who claim they were sexually assaulted by the actor.
The move came after the man, still unidentified, conceded that the incident did not occur on Jan. 16 this year. Travolta’s lawyer Marty Singer has produced restaurant receipts and flight receipts showing the 58-year-old actor was in New York on that date.
“Okorocha did not feel he could represent John Doe #1 going forward anymore and recommend him finding another lawyer,” a source told gossip site radaronline. “He is still representing John Doe #2 other alleged victims who are possibly coming forward.”
A mix up on dates, however, does not necessarily get Travolta off the hook. The plaintiff could simply amend his lawsuit and add what he believes is the correct date. The John Doe told the Web site he miscalculated and the incident actually took place a few days earlier.
Travolta probably could have avoid all of these problems, however, if he would simply acknowledge that he is gay, according to actress Carrie Fisher, who has known Travolta and his family for years. He’s married to actress Kelly Preston.
“Wow! I mean, my feeling about John has always been that we know and we don’t care. Look, I’m sorry that he’s uncomfortable with it, and that’s all I can say. It only draws more attention to it when you make that kind of legal fuss. Just leave it be,” she said in an interview with The Advocate, a gay-oriented newspaper.
Fisher also told the newspaper in 2009 that she knew Travolta was gay and didn’t care.
Other men have come forward over the years, claiming that Travolta has had sexual relations with men. Most notably, gay porn star Paul Barresi said in an interview with the National Enquirer in 1990 that he had sexual relations with Travolta from 1983 to 1985.
His legal team has always been quick to pounce on them seeking denials or threatening to sue. Barresi briefly recanted his story, before claiming, again, that it was true.
Gawker has put together its own Travolta gay timeline. It has also been threatened with a lawsuit if it refuses to remove a section reporting that Travolta routinely engaged in gay bathouse sex in Los Angeles, including “giving and receiving oral sex, receiving anal sex, and initiating mutual masturbation.”
Author Robert Randolph, the source for the above quote, told Gawker in 2010 that Travolta has graduated from bathouse sex with gay men and now likes to seduce straight men.
So far the post remains.