John Travolta Denies Groping Male Massage Therapist’s Genitals

"Pulp Fiction" star John Travolta vows to pursue legal vengeance against man who claims that the actor pawed his privates

Last Updated: May 7, 2012 @ 8:20 PM

John Travolta would like to make it perfectly clear: He did not have inappropriate relations with that massage therapist.

"Pulp Fiction" star Travolta denies claims made in a lawsuit filed against him last Friday by a man who claims that the actor touched his penis and scrotum while giving a massage to Travolta.

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"This lawsuit is a complete fiction and fabrication," a statement from the actor's publicist says. "None of the events claimed in the suit ever occurred."

The statement adds that Travolta was on the other side of the country when the alleged violation occurred, and that the actor completely intends to exact legal vengeance after getting the suit against him tossed.

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"On the date when plaintiff claims John met him, John was not in California and it can be proved that he was on the East Coast," the statement — which calls the suit a "baseless lie" — reads. "John intends to get this case thrown out and then he will sue the attorney and Plaintiff for malicious prosecution."

The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in California Friday, claims that Travolta molested the plaintiff — who filed the suit anonymously — while receiving a massage at a bungalow at the Beverly Hills Hotel on Jan. 12.

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According to the suit, the plaintiff was contacted through a web site ad, after which Travolta picked him up in his Lexus SUV personally and brought him to the bungalow.

And then things got really weird.

The suit claims that the massage proceeded without incident, "other than he kept purposely sliding the towel down that covered his buttocks to reveal about half of [his] gluteal area."

However, the suit continues, Travolta began rubbing the therapist's leg, moving on to his scrotum and penis.

Travolta then allegedly asked the therapist to lie on the table for a "reverse massage," telling him, "Come on dude, I'll jerk you off!!!!"

The suit claims that Travolta later removed his draping and began masturbating while receiving deep-tissue massage on his shoulders. For those keeping score at home, the suit says that Travolta was "roughly eight inches in length, and his pubic hair was wiry and unkempt."

According to the suit, Travolta then went on to recall that he "got where he is now due to sexual favors he performed when he was in his 'Welcome Back Kotter' days, and that Hollywood is controlled by homosexual Jewish men who expect favors in return for sexual activity. Defendant then went on to say how he had done things in his past that would make most people throw up."

The complaint, which alleges assault, sexual battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress, claims that Travolta told the masseur that he knew of a starlet in the hotel who wanted to have a threesome — and that the encounter could happen, but first Travolta and the therapist would have to have sex with each other, "so this way they would be in-sync with each other sexually."

The anonymous plaintiff is seeking $2 million in general damages, plus punitive damages and other relief.

Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.