The Five Most Dream-Like Sequences in the John Travolta Sex-Assault Lawsuit (UPDATED)

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After the jump: Surprise! A second unnamed plaintiff has been sloppily added to Okorocha's sloppy lawsuit.

The Internets are buzzing this afternoon with news that actor John Travolta has been sued by an unnamed masseur for touching his penis.

Travolta has long been the subject of speculation that he's a gay man who is one of several celebrities in the Church of Scientology who the church encourages to "handle" their homosexuality by trying to appear hetero.

And frankly, we really don't care which way things swing for Travolta. If he touches penises all day long, we are not bothered by it in the least. He'd probably be a lot better off if he got far away from Scientology and its notorious homophobia, as we've said in the past.

Today, however, he's in the spotlight as the defendant in a lawsuit that we've read a couple of times now, and you'll no doubt be hearing about its more salacious elements -- like that Travolta supposedly told the masseur that he'd need to get used to the taste of semen if he wanted to make his way in Hollywood.

Yeah, it's perfect tabloid material. But after looking through it, we couldn't shake the feeling that John Doe's lawsuit sure sounds like he dreamed the entire episode. After the jump, check our math.

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Okorie Okorocha
The lawsuit, asking $2 million in damages, was filed on behalf of the unnamed plaintiff by an attorney named Okorie Okorocha who, according to his own website, calls himself "Dr. DUI."

If that doesn't give you pause, let's go through the key moments of the tale that Okorocha tells in John Doe's complaint...


1. The black dude making hamburgers

The lawsuit states that John Doe is a massage therapist working in the Beverly Hills area, and that he'd received a call from someone claiming to represent a celebrity. He'd get $200.00 an hour to massage the celebrity, but he'd need to be very discreet, yadda, yadda.

The therapist was told where to go to be picked up for the gig, but then, to his surprise, it was Travolta himself who arrived and had him hop into a black Lexus SUV. Doe claims that he saw condoms in the SUV's console as Travolta drove them to a bungalow at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

Now, things start to take on a Fellini-esque flavor as the edges of our camera lens go fuzzy. From the complaint:

The door was unlocked, and there was an overweight black man preparing hamburgers, who meekly said 'hey' Plaintiff and Defendant, and no formal introductions were made. This black man was actually preparing hamburgers, from watching his skill and dexterity in food preparation, it seemed he was some sort of professional chef.

At this point, according to the complaint, Travolta strips naked and apparently expects Doe to go right into a sex act. But Doe claims that he told Travolta to put on a towel and get on the massage table, to Travolta's supposed incredulity.

So Travolta does what he's told. And the masseur starts to go to work on him. While the black dude cooks hamburgers. For an hour.

Already, the dream-like quality of this is thing is bugging me. But it gets better.


2. The chime of the wristwatch

So, for the next hour, the lawsuit claims, Travolta engages in a cute little game of pulling his towel down off his ass while John Doe is giving him his rubdown, chastising him, and pulling his towel back up.

And now comes the next hypnotic segment...

Right before the hour ended, Defendant's chronograph watch started to chime, and the black chef covered the burgers, and other things he was preparing with plates. The black chef then left the room with a stack of papers, and what appears to be some sort of notebook. No words were exchanged.

Yeah, I have no doubt that the "cover the food at the one-hour chime" signal was something most stars work out with their personal chefs.


3. John Doe's John Thomas is suddenly unclothed

But then things really get dream-like. As in, you know how you're dreaming something, and all of a sudden you have no clothes on and you have no idea how you got that way?

Sure, you do. And that's apparently what happened to John Doe, too.

Remember, he was hired to massage Travolta, who had stripped down. But nowhere in the complaint does John Doe ever refer to taking off his own clothes. But suddenly, after the watch chimed, we get this description...

Then Defendant touched Plaintiff's scrotum, and this time Plaintiff told Defendant to please not touch him again.

Defendant apologized, but then snickered to himself like a mischievous child. Defendant then touched the shaft of Plaintiff's penis, and seized on to it. Defendant quickly tried to rub the head of Plaintiff's penis as he tried to pull away.

Suddenly, John Doe is buck naked and John Travolta is pulling on his John Thomas. You would think, in Okorocha's carefully prepared telling of this incident, he would not have forgotten the part where John Doe stripped down and exposed his genitalia in John Travolta's general vicinity. Details.


4. Exclamation points for days

John Doe claimed that he was angry and hurt that Travolta had yanked on his pecker, and that Travolta laughed it off as a misunderstanding. In fact, the lawsuit claims, Travolta then offered to give John Doe a massage, saying, and we quote...

Then Defendant said, "Come on dude, I'll jerk you off!!!'.

Now, those extra exclamations may mean nothing to you, but it says something about Okorocha and his lawsuit. You see, if you're going to sue a celebrity for a couple of million dollars, you're going to go over every character in your complaint multiple times. The goofy way this is typed up suggests to us that Okorochoa was working from something John Doe himself had drafted. Again, it's hard to take very seriously.


5. A fugue state of fun

From here, things just get silly. Rather than simply get out of there after supposedly being "painfully" groped, John Doe says he was "hoping to conclude the session" as Travolta supposedly jerked off his big 8-incher while coming at him.

And now comes the money shot, so to speak, the thing only a wannabe would dream up coming out of a celebrity's mouth...

Defendant began screaming...that Defendant got where he is now due to sexual favors he had 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 went on to say how he had done things in his past that would make most people throw up.

Oh, but it gets even better. Doe says that Travolta told him there was a starlet who knew what was good for her career, and would be open to the two of them double-penetrating her, if he'd only give Travolta what he wanted first.

There's still one cliche left -- that John Doe was being put through all this because Travolta could make him a star...

Defendant told Plaintiff that he had Hollywood looks, but just needed to lose some weight and learn to lick some 'ass', and then Plaintiff would be ready to make millions and be famous.

John Doe then claims that he was paid $800 for the session instead of the $400 he was promised. Well, he has that going for him.

Well, here's the upshot: Travolta is screwed. The gross specifics of this tall tale have already circled the globe a few times by now, and there's really only one thing he can do: pay off Doe and Okorocha to make them go away. And he will.

Maybe then Doe can tell us which porn film he fell asleep to before his feverish imaginings took over his impressionable mind.


UPDATE: Travolta wasn't even in LA on the day John Doe claims this all happened. The great folks over at The Smoking Gun also find the lawsuit completely fanciful, and they say Travolta's camp says the actor was on the east coast that day. They also note that Okorocha took down his Facebook account after a TSG reporter questioned the lawsuit's veracity.


UPDATE: Travolta's attorney, Marty Singer, plans to sue for malicious prosecution. Singer told The Hollywood Reporter that he'll file a motion for summary judgment to have John Doe's lawsuit dismissed, he'll file to have John Doe's real name revealed, and then he's going to sue both Doe and Okorocha for bringing the suit. Hey, this could get interesting. Doe's allegations first turned up in the National Enquirer back in March, and it will also be interesting to see what the tabloid does if Travolta can prove he wasn't in LA on January 16 and this case falls apart.


UPDATE: A SECOND UNNAMED PLAINTIFF has been quickly, and sloppily, added to the lawsuit in an amended complaint.

After Marty Singer threatened to sue Okorocha and his unnamed client, Okorocha fired back by adding a second unnamed plaintiff. This therapist claims that he was hired to rub down Travolta in an Atlanta hotel on January 28.

In this episode, we hear about Travolta wanting his ass massaged and pulling his ass apart while he was being rubbed down. Then, suddenly, he "turned on his stomach" -- one assumes that Okorocha means that Travolta turned onto his back -- and tried to get the therapist to grab his balls. Travolta then jerked himself off as the therapist ran for the hills, or something.

If the first plaintiff's story sounded like a dream (as we said) or fan fiction (as The Smoking Gun suggested) this second one simply lacks anything one could say was actionable. Even if Plaintiff No. 2's allegations were all true, apparently the worst thing Travolta did was expose his "red and chapped" rectum, and then masturbated in his presence.

Two million bucks in emotional trauma? Dream on.


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Florida Guy
Florida Guy

Years ago, when I lived in NYC, around 1998, I had a friend who worked at a 5 star hotel. She claimed that when JT was a guest there, he would always request a male masseuse that was known for doing favors. The employees would chuckle at this, but no one really cared. I had forgotten the story until all this came out. Apparently it's been happening for years. Oh man, I hope scientologists don't come after me.

Jgg
Jgg

Well, guess what?  Gloria Allred is taking Doe #1's case!  So, it must be valid, excuse me, Doe #1 must want lots of publicity.

For anyone unfamiliar with Allred, the LA Times calls her a "fighter for justice", others call her a celebrity whore, and she and JT's lawyer (Marty Singer) went vs. each other in the Tiger Woods / Rachel Uchitel mess, so you can see what we're in for.

sidewalk
sidewalk

The story with the hamburger-cooking is very suspicious. because when I have my partially-nude black chef prepare hamburgers in my living room while he ogles all penises in the vicinity, he finishes preparing the meat at maximum in 45 minutes and leaves promptly. The hamburger-cooking in the lawsuit does not pass the smell test.

Jimmy Kowski
Jimmy Kowski

off topic but I've mentioned this before and am mentioning again.

Tony, This site is pretty much iPad "non" friendly when it comes to comments. Just about every comment site out there allows you to use your facebook or twitter account to comment via the iPad but here, well.... no. It works fine on regular desktop iMacs/laptops etc but not the iPad.

I'm sure this is a simple [relatively for a savvy webmaster] thing to fix.(I tried using the Disqus sign-in but it was just way too weird trying to recognise my details)

Jimmy Kowski
Jimmy Kowski

for all those with a twitter account I thought an idea might be to tweet Piers Morgan to suggest he interview Miscavige.... given all this JT bum fondling brouhaha and his relationship with the cult it's the kind of interview that would be right up his street.... I sent him this:

@piersmorgan score some real interview brownie  points and try and get David Miscavige (Leader of scientology) on your show.. ask publicly!

FTR I've met the dude and he putting the idea of interviewing the godfather of a cult who's notoriously secretive (lately) would be right up his street.... if he keeps getting these tweet requests I'm pretty sure he'd publicly tweet an interview request....

just sayin'

Jgg
Jgg

  I wonder how much John Travolta will give the Church of Scientology this year?

LoyalOfficer
LoyalOfficer

I wonder if JT was stepping out of line. It appears from his taxes he is not contributing much to the "church" Maybe this is $ci's way of giving him a little slap. Since Jetts unfortunate death maybe John woke up a little. Now that he is pulling away, maybe they pulled this guys name from JT's folder or just put him up to it. Then they go to John "Get back in line, get on course and give a butt load of cash or this will seem like a picnic" Completely sick, twisted, unethical, screwed up and just plain wrong but totally right up OSA's alley.

MarkStark
MarkStark

#3 come on down. A former Royal Caribbean cruise line employee now steps forward to tell of an unwanted advance from Travolta in 2009. His employer didn't believe him and he had to stay in his room. Later he was fired. It may be one-a-day now.

SP 'Onage
SP 'Onage

I know for a fact the Beverly Hills Hotel has surveillance cameras. Where are the videos? It will prove John was or was no there on the morning in question?

The Craiglist killer was caught because of the hotel surveillance videos. It just seems weird that John Travolta's lawyer isn't using the Beverly Hills Hotel videos as proof that John wasn't there.

Sue
Sue

Off topic but just read that some donations are being returned without requests from Debbie Cook. 

sharkattacksteve
sharkattacksteve

 FORBES: "John Travolta? He's Cheap, And He's Giving Charity Money to Scientology"

"Now we’re two years into the Jett Travolta Foundation, and the former “Saturday Night Fever” star turns out to be pretty cheap. Considering he has his own planes, and has been cited as extremely wealthy, he hasn’t exactly jumped into the charity world with great enthusiasm. In 2010, according to Federal Tax Records, he gave away just $27,850. Most of it was to local groups in Florida where the Travolta lives. But in 2010 about 10% of it went to the local Scientology Detox outfit in Ocala.".

" forbes com/.../john-travolta-hes-chea­p-and-hes-giving-charity-.."

MarkStark
MarkStark

Now Okorocha is saying over 100 masseurs have contacted him saying Travolta groped them. It is estimated that masseurs who got groped by JT but haven't come forward yet probably outnumber active Scientologists. They may band together and seek religious status.

The cult will probably form a new "citizens commission" to search for masseurs who massaged John Travolta and will testify to any one of the following:

1. He kept the towel over his buttocks the whole time.2. He never had an erection.3. He did not grope, fondle, kiss or stroke the masseur in any way.4. At no time did John wank off during the therapy.5. His rectum is not chapped.

There's got to be at least one out there, and Scientology's special forces will find that masseur.

DodoTheLaser
DodoTheLaser

Why almost no one on Marty's blog says anything about this?

Never mind. I must stay tuned.

SP 'Onage
SP 'Onage

John Travolta funds scientology and scientology kills, so it's kind of hard to feel sorry for him.

I really wish John would Disco-tinue being a shill for scientology.

Jgg
Jgg

  Dede from Phoenix Scientology is starting to seem normal.

Lizalegless
Lizalegless

I would love to see Travolta trade his Scientology banner for a rainbow flag, but these complaints are just depressing.  They seem to shriek, "eww, gay!"

Jeanette
Jeanette

Well, what I am thinking is "Boy, this really sounds like the silly over-the-top stuff OSA puts out to ruin people."  Plus, of course, the fevered too-much-detail that  some over-repressed homosexuals (think of the sermons from evangelistic preachers who are later found to have gay secret lives) say or publish.

It is really feels to me this is David Miscavige trying to destroy John's public reputation for some reason.

We know from numerous reports that Miscavige has a filthy month and LOVES to use homophobic slurs against people.  We also know he micro-manages everything, especially anything to do with Scientology celebrities.  AND the whole badly-researched (didn't even check to see if John was in town at the time of the "incident") and cheap lawyers screams "Scientology Operation".

Maybe the rumours that John is trying to leave the cult are true, and this is Scientology's response.

There as been so many stories over the years that I do think John is gay,  and I do think he can be inappropriate in his sexual advances.  I completely do not care, and seemingly by the overwhelming number of comments on the various reports, neither do most people.

There have however also been rumours that being gay is the blackmailing "secret" that the cult has been holding over him.  Perhaps this attempted smear operation will backfire and John seeing the public really does not give a damn about his sex life, will be able to finally leave.

Sue
Sue

Was just looking at the TMZ site at the comments, and it appears that the majority of commentators are calling the proof Travolta was not even at the first location very suspicious!

MarkStark
MarkStark

TMZ has posted two video interviews with the groping victims' attorney, and he says masseurs from around the country are contacting him about Travolta's behavior in incidents with them. Some are past the statute of limitations but others just need to be vetted. I hope he gets a few clients who are former or present Scientologists.

Lillith Anderson
Lillith Anderson

Tom and I have been keeping up with all of this, and he wanted me to let you all know... that this entire thing is GLIB! 

Don't you know that the PSYCHES put this out there?! YOU don't know about them! Not the way Tom and I do!!

NOTseriously
NOTseriously

If you haven't done so yet, click over to Michael Musto's column--he has a great Taiwanese animation of the story. Best part: the Grant Cardone ad that pops up during the show! Truth in advertising?

CanuckXenu
CanuckXenu

Better watch out: JT may try to grope those willies!

N. Graham
N. Graham

It's like the Catholic priests and altar boys!

SP 'Onage
SP 'Onage

Wow. Maybe there are hundreds? I bet OSA is going crazy. LOL!

MarkStark
MarkStark

It's a relief to know Travolta isn't shelling out millions to Scientology. There's always hope his daughter or son will grow up to see it for the scam it is, and not dump their millions on it.

In the latest on the grope story, Travolta's private plane is registered as leaving for NYC the night before his photo shoot. Now Okoyono is emphasizing the documentation in the Atlanta hotel case (aka "case of the chapped rectum")  but who knows... I'm losing what little faith I had in him.

Unless of course, it's a conspiracy. Travolta's people got some stooge to concoct this hamburger tale, thinking that if they can ruin this attorney fast enough, the other real cases won't go forward, or no attorney will want to take them.

N. Graham
N. Graham

I wonder how much he spent on massages?

Jgg
Jgg

  Actually it's 22 million masseurs, and he touches one every 3 seconds.  He can move towels with his mind.  To avoid misunderstandings, he brings a dictionary and has the masseur look up every word he says. 

Rolotomasii
Rolotomasii

 This is certainly a "niche" practice to say the least - I can see the cheesy daytime TV ads right now:

 "Are you a male masseur? Have you ever massaged John Travolta?  Did the sight of his chapped rectum and raging boner make you uncomfortable?  Then you may be entitled to millions of dollars in compensatory and punitive damages.   Call the law firm of Okorie Okorocha right now at 1-800-HARD-ONS, that's 1-800-HARD-ONS, to speak with our legal team.  Remember, being a male masseur is humiliating enough but having to see John Travolta naked is against the Geneva Convention"

Jgg
Jgg

  For his own sake, John Travolta should use female masseuses.  Most men actually prefer females.  Plus, his wife is OT VII and should be able to learn how to do it.

guest
guest

Don't the Travoltas' personal staff consist of Scientologists who are required to give regular updates about everything to the church? If that is the case, it seems doubtful that he would be out of state without the church knowing. Also it seems unlikely that if COB wanted to something this big, he'd at least know where John was before he floated that story. 

MarkStark
MarkStark

I like conspiracy theories, but think Travolta is too important as a celebrity draw, second only to Cruise, for David Miscavige to risk alienating him too much. Even on talk shows, he has a much more likeable personality than Cruise and pretty much everyone who has known both of them says John is the friendlier, nicer guy.

The cult has to work to protect its celebrities, until the celebs themselves turn on the cult enough to speak out, as did Beghe and Haggis. I don't think Miscavige would act on rumors of Travolta leaving. Travolta, Cruise, and Alley form a sort of triangle, and if one of them leaves, there's a big risk of collapse in celebrity Scientology being a draw to the raw meat.

One reason the attorney may have released the hamburger story first, is that it is the most colorful. 700+ news outlets ran the story. There was already a hamburger meme going on in Travolta's life because when Jett died, John was seen scarfing them down at a fast food joint, alone, and he got fat at that time.

Sid
Sid

 That's what I hate about humanity. You think you're safe just because you've got the small matter of proof? Forget it. Proof is irrelevant. Evidence just gets in the way of the story. Facts simply blur the issue. You've got moon-rock from the lunar landings? Nope, still whiffs of conspiracy to me.

Gerard Plourde
Gerard Plourde

Just saw those videos as well. I'm beginning to wonder if Mr. Okorocha has more amended complaints already drafted and ready to file with additional complainants whose stories are less fantastic and therefore more credible. 

His comment that JT's counsel (not clear if Singer himself or associate counsel) admitted that JT was in LA on Jan 16 is also interesting.

Jgg
Jgg

  Tom knows the history of massage therapy.  You don't.

sharkattacksteve
sharkattacksteve

Thanks, that was the most enjoyable part of this whole thing.

Jimmy Kowski
Jimmy Kowski

that's not the best part..... I love the scientology logo on the spaceship and the mini Miscavige..... that's the best part

sharkattacksteve
sharkattacksteve

"It's a relief to know Travolta isn't shelling out millions to Scientology."

Is there a paper trail for the millions that Cruise supposedly gave the church ?

My main concern with this is that it seems so poorly constructed and executed that if it's shown to be a lie it will protect Travolta from any further accusations. It would great if Travolta came out and stopped being a major hypocrite and shill for an anti-gay cult, but I think it's gone beyond that because I think Travolta is perhaps a serial sexual harasser who has some legal explaining to do.

bobx
bobx

We have Ideal Masseurs in over 50 countries!

MarkStark
MarkStark

Travolta has said publicly that he doesn't use female masseuses because he's married, there would be questions of impropriety. That, and they don't have penises to grab.

A better question might be why does he get massages anyway? Wouldn't a touch assist from a fully qualified gay Scientologist reconnect his particles in a more on-Source manner?

I'm tired of the celebrity center mindset where they think a massage, good food, and a handjob will clear this planet, before it's too late.

guest
guest

Um. That last sentence should mean the opposite of what it says. Sorry. Miscavige is such a micro-manager that he would at least know where John was before making this claim. 

sharkattacksteve
sharkattacksteve

Welcome to the Kingdom of the Krazy Konspiracy Kult and it's Prince, Alex of Jones, son of King Rush of Limbaugh.

SP 'Onage
SP 'Onage

I think he also has a masseuse fetish.

Jgg
Jgg

  Hubbard said that all sex was aberrational.  He only had 5 kids himself.

Noah Miller
Noah Miller

Eunuchs maybe? Everything else about the philosophy is backwards and dumb, might as well add 16th century use of castration to the mix. 

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