John Travolta

John Travolta's Legal Team: Gay Allegations 'False And Outrageous

John Travolta's attorneys want Gawker to remove a post (titled "The Secret Sex Life of John Travolta") on their site that recounts, via a book by author Robert Randolph, the actor regularly engaged in sex with men at public saunas. Travolta's legal team sent a letter with the request to the website on the same day as the birth of his son. They also called allegations that he is gay “false and outrageous.”

Trav The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports:

The lawyer calls the claims "blatant defamatory lies" from a "patently unreliable source," pointing out the author previously suffered permanent brain damage, which he has acknowledged on his own website.

Singer also notes the claims "go back fifteen years, yet inexplicably, he (Randolph) has waited until now to peddle these phony tall tales."

Travolta's lawyer is demanding the immediate and permanent removal of the Randolph post and "the publication of an unequivocal and prominent retraction of the false and defamatory statements."

The full five-page letter from Travolt'as legal team is up on the Gossip Cop website.


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  1. What's defamatory about it unless you're a bigot?

    Posted by: Iko | Nov 27, 2010 3:02:15 PM

  2. What is it about Scientologists and the closet?

    Posted by: justiceontherocks | Nov 27, 2010 3:28:08 PM

  3. I was thinking the same thing, Iko, if indeed the lawyer is refering to claims that he's gay (I can't read the link).

    If a gossip column were to say that I am straight, or Jewish or Spanish, it would be "false" but I wouldn't call such claims "defamatory." In fact, to do so would be insulting to people who are in that category.

    But if the word "defamatory" is being used in reference to a false claim that he broke promises of fidelity to his partner, then yes, that could be considered defamatory.

    Posted by: GregV | Nov 27, 2010 3:32:57 PM

  4. MARY!

    Posted by: CB | Nov 27, 2010 3:34:59 PM

  5. They should be very careful opening this can of worms. I thought they would do the smart thing and let the story die but now they are going to drudge up all sorts of people and stories. Travolta should know better. His people should know better. Scientology never seems to know better. I believe fighting this legally will come back to hurt Travolta and his family in ways they did not even expect.

    Posted by: BartB | Nov 27, 2010 3:49:15 PM

  6. uh...maybe it's defamatory because this dude keeps accusing him of attending bath houses and sleeping around with random men while he has a wife and kids? how is that not defamatory?

    Posted by: larson | Nov 27, 2010 4:06:43 PM

  7. Poor John, he's the size of a whale from doing OT VII, his son died, and now those pesky gay rumours are back again.

    Posted by: Tone | Nov 27, 2010 4:15:00 PM

  8. "maybe it's defamatory because this dude keeps accusing him of attending bath houses and sleeping around with random men while he has a wife and kids?"

    Apparently you've never spent any time in bathhouses or public sex areas, or on Craigslist for that matter. What kind of guys do you think are in those places? They're not all "out and proud," "unmarried with no kids," "No on 8" supporting, self-identifying gay men.

    It's not defamatory if it's true. Truth is a matter of fact for the jury to decide, not a closeted actor's attorney.

    Posted by: Gavin | Nov 27, 2010 4:19:50 PM

  9. "Whether you're a brother or whether you're a mother, you're stayin' alive, stayin' alive. Feel the city breakin' and everybody shakin' and we're stayin' alive, stayin' alive."

    Nothing gay about disco.

    Posted by: Max | Nov 27, 2010 4:38:10 PM

  10. Rumors that don't die trend toward truth.

    Posted by: TANK | Nov 27, 2010 4:40:37 PM

  11. And persistent defensiveness in light of accusation reveal a hand worth dick. Honestly, what self respecting heterosexual would care one way or the other if it weren't true?

    Posted by: TANK | Nov 27, 2010 4:47:22 PM

  12. Being called gay is not defamatory, and public sex is as significant as public conversation.

    Posted by: Bryan | Nov 27, 2010 5:12:07 PM

  13. Come on John, being gay is not defamatory. Having blue eyes, being left handed and so on are just part of who people are. To say being called gay defames a person is insulting to those who are gay. I have friends who are not gay but if you were to say they were they would just shrug.

    Posted by: terry | Nov 27, 2010 5:13:08 PM

  14. TANK: You mean like Obama being a Muslim born on Mars?

    Posted by: Bryan | Nov 27, 2010 5:13:49 PM

  15. Defamation "false light" arguments are tricky to make, and the truth to some extent is a valid defense. However, we now have to content with defamation "salacious violation of privacy"--a new route to shut people up. Hopefully this won't get any traction in the courts. Keep this in mind when you discuss the situation at Rutgers.

    Posted by: anon | Nov 27, 2010 5:26:52 PM

  16. There's the smoke - there's the fire.
    If it's not true why bother to defend yourself?

    Posted by: Igor | Nov 27, 2010 6:39:38 PM

  17. bryan, this rumors have dogged travolta for decades. Not so with obama. And those, at least, are easily done away with. However, there are very sincere people out there who insist that travolta's gay and have seen him engaging in homosexual behavior...that sounds a bit cold...butt secks.

    Posted by: TANK | Nov 27, 2010 6:46:28 PM

  18. Travolta most definitely hit on one of my good friends at a Korean Spa here in L.A. He followed my friend around, stared at him while he was taking a shower and then propositioned him outright. My friend said if he still looked like Danny Zuko he might have gone for it. The descriptions from the book sound absolutely accurate. He is not gonna win that lawsuit.

    Posted by: StillMarriedinCalifornia | Nov 27, 2010 7:03:31 PM

  19. Who cares if he's gay? His real crime was starring in Battlefield Earth.

    Posted by: Rodney | Nov 27, 2010 10:57:04 PM

  20. See we have the usual hacks and their scripted party-line posts. Some things will never change.

    Who here knows 100% for sure and can prove and back up 100% their claims about Travolta being gay, frequenting bath-houses,etc.,? As for the B.H. part, that should be particularly easy to get the goods on...there are many media outlets and others who would pay very,very well for the info and have contact with people who're capable of getting it if it's there. Travolta would not be able to pay them off, and neither would his 'church'. Why hasn't this happen? Kinda reminds me of those infomercial claims about,say, cures for male baldness...just buy their product, it works! Honest! WHY do I still see many bald and balding men for whom money for treatments is not a problem. Why aren't they using these 'cures' and other products?

    Posted by: ratbastard | Nov 27, 2010 11:42:04 PM

  21. "Why do I see so many bald and blading men...Why aren't they using these 'cures'..."

    Many want to be bald. I'm sure Vin Diesel has enough money for a toupee if he wanted one, but I'll take his naked head any day.

    Posted by: GregV | Nov 28, 2010 12:20:43 AM

  22. I agree many/most bald/balding men won't wear a toupee regardless of cost. But no question 99% would use a medical cure or effective treatment. My original point stands.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Nov 28, 2010 12:33:47 AM

  23. should get your friend to come forward and tell his story!! Think of the fame and buckets of cash he could have? Oh right maybe his priciples are too high. Is Travolta gay? Maybe..but I wish I had a nickel for every queen he says they know for sure that so and so is gay because...
    I won't be holding my breath stillmarried!!

    Posted by: Bobo | Nov 28, 2010 12:56:40 AM

  24. The fact of the matter... who cares? However those who say this suit is hurtful to gays, because it is defamatory to gays... are more than likely heterophobes! I heard rumors about me being rich, or having a job... the main thing is always consider the source. I am disappointed that news like this winds up on Towleroad... it lowers their batting average of reliable information, by using their site to waste space. P.S. only one of those rumors about me is factual... I had a job in the mid-1960s!

    Posted by: jerry pritikin | Nov 28, 2010 7:15:47 AM

  25. *sigh* who really cares? Travolta should let this story slide under the bridge. Fighting it will only end badly for him.

    Posted by: Island Girly | Nov 28, 2010 9:08:06 AM

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