John Travolta just won a big legal victory against the author of a book who claims the actor frequented gay bathhouses ... TMZ has learned.
You'll recall, Travolta was sued for libel by Robert Randolph -- the author of "You'll Never Spa in This Town Again" -- who claimed Travolta and his lawyer conspired to discredit him and his book by spreading lies about his mental health.
Randolph's beef stems from a letter fired off and allegedly leaked by Travolta's lawyer Marty Singer, which stated Randolph suffers from mental problems -- and claimed his book was packed with lies.
The judge dismissed the case today -- agreeing with Travolta and Singer's lawyer Lynda Goldman -- ruling the letter was a legitimate part of the legal dispute over the book, and therefore protected by the First Amendment.
Translation -- Travolta and Singer can't be sued over what was written.
DENIES Sexually Assaulting
Cruise Ship Worker
8/4/2012 6:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
John Travolta has fired back at the cruise ship worker who claims Travolta sexually assaulted him in 2009 ... filing docs yesterday claiming the worker is LYING and made the whole sordid story up.
As TMZ first reported, Fabian Zanzi claims that Travolta exposed himself during a neck massage aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise ... and offered to pay him $12,000 to keep the incident quiet. Zanzi detailed his allegations back on video in June (see below).
In court docs filed yesterday by legal pitbull Marty Singer ... Travolta admits to being on the cruise ... but denies all the allegations of misconduct against him.
Travolta also reiterates his point that Zanzi filed a report with Royal Caribbean over the alleged incident when it happened ... but failed to mention any of the sexual details.
Travolta wants the lawsuit dismissed and for Zanzi to pay his attorney's fees.
John Travolta Case
Gloria Allred Victory
Over Lawyer #1
7/12/2012 2:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Gloria Allred just scored another legal victory ... this time against the lawyer who sued her for allegedly hijacking his client -- John Doe #2 -- in the highly publicized John Travolta masseur lawsuit.
The court dismissed the lawsuit today filed by Okorie Okorocha, who claimed Allred unfairly stole his client -- known as John Doe #2 in the Travolta masseur case -- by urging him to fire Okorocha and hire her instead.
The court didn't buy Okorocha's claims and dismissed the case outright.
Gloria tells TMZ "I have always said that Mr. Okorocha's public allegations that I solicited Mr. Truesdale were false, defamatory and shameful. I feel the court's decision today completely vindicates us."
Cruise Ship Steward
Sues Actor for Assault
6/25/2012 9:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
11:12 AM PT -- Travolta's lawyer Marty Singer just released a statement, claiming, "This is another ludicrous lawsuit with inane claims. It is obvious that Mr. Zanzi and his lawyers are looking for their 15 minutes of fame.
"The lawsuit’s ridiculous claims are completely contradicted by what Mr. Zanzi told his employer back in 2009 when he was being disciplined for his own violations of company policy. In his handwritten report three years ago, the only physical contact he claimed occurred was allegedly touching my client’s neck. The inappropriate conduct he alleges in his lawsuit is absent from his written report he submitted at the time. That glaring omission speaks volumes. Also calling his credibility into question is his dubious allegation that his employer supposedly restrained him in a room on the cruise ship for five days, yet after that supposedly occurred, Mr. Zanzi continued to work for Royal Caribbean for years, on multiple ships. Now, after waiting three years, and after getting paid to tell his story to the media, Mr. Zanzi has filed this absurd lawsuit.
"We are confident that my client will prevail on the merits and that he will be completely vindicated in court."
The cruise ship steward who claims John Travolta exposed himself during a neck massage and then embraced him is suing the actor for assault.
Fabian Zanzi was working on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship in 2009. Travolta, who was a passenger on the ship, had ordered food and asked that Zanzi deliver it to his stateroom. When Zanzi was in the room, Travolta allegedly asked for a neck massage. Zanzi claims when he reached for Travolta's neck, the actor dropped his robe and exposed his erect penis and then forcefully embraced him.
Travolta allegedly then told Zanzi he was "beautiful" and said, "Take me, I will take care of you, please."
Zanzi says he resisted, and then Travolta offered him $12k to maintain a wall of silence.
Zanzi says he went to cruise ship management to complain but they refused to allow him to write out any details regarding nudity or sexual contact.
Zanzi is suing for unspecified damages.
Sued by Author of
Bathhouse Sex Book
6/21/2012 3:22 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
4:35 PM PT -- A rep for Travolta has issued a statement ... saying, "The lawsuit filed by Robert Randolph is absurd. The suit is based on a privileged communication, and it will promptly be thrown out by the court."
The statement continues, "To evaluate the credibility of Robert Randolph and his ridiculous lawsuit one need look no further than his own statements published on his website stating that he sustained 'permanent brain damage' and had to 'retrain' his brain."
"Mr. Travolta will aggressively defend himself against this lawsuit and expects to be fully vindicated when this meritless case is dismissed."
Travolta's attorney, Marty Singer, also released a statement ... saying, "This is a ridiculous lawsuit. It is based on our letter which was completely privileged under the law. We intend to sue the attorneys for malicious prosecution after the court promptly dismisses this baseless lawsuit.”
John Travolta is being sued by an author who claims Travolta spread lies about his mental health in order to diminish his credibility ... while the author was trying to sell a book in which he claimed he personally witnessed Travolta engaged in gay sex at various bathhouses.
The man behind the lawsuit is Robert Randolph -- who wrote a book entitled, "You'll Never Spa in This Town Again" ... detailing Travolta's alleged sexual exploits with other men, including Randolph.
In his suit, Randolph claims ... as he was releasing his book, Travolta and his high-powered attorney Marty Singer (pictured above) unleashed a P.R. attack ... in which they falsely claimed Randolph had mental issues and spent time in a mental institution.
Randolph claims the attack was concocted to persuade the public that he's an unreliable source ... and they should NOT buy his book. Randolph claims Travolta's plan worked ... and retailers were deterred from selling his book.
Randolph is suing both Travolta and Singer for unspecified damages.
So far, no comment from Travolta. Ditto for Singer.
6/8/2012 6:32 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Travolta Masseurs' Lawsuit
Lawyer #1 Suing Gloria
5/21/2012 3:09 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
3:53 PM PDT -- Gloria just released a statement ... insisting she will file a counterclaim against Okorocha for defamation.
Allred adds, "Doe #1 and Doe #2 contacted me seeking representation, and we have the evidence to prove it."
"Mr. Okorocha's lawsuit will be dismissed, and we will ultimately recover a judgment against him."
The lawyer who filed a lawsuit against John Travolta on behalf of two masseurs is suing Gloria Allred for allegedly stealing one of his clients, calling her an ambulance chaser and claiming "She ain't been in a courtroom in 20 years."
Okorie Okorocha just filed the lawsuit, claiming Gloria approached the second masseur -- John Doe #2 -- asking him to fire Okorocha and hire her.
As we reported, Okorocha dropped the first masseur -- John Doe #1 -- after TMZ broke the story that Travolta was in New York -- not anywhere near Beverly Hills -- on the date the alleged sexual assault occurred.
In his lawsuit, Okorocha says Doe #1 hired Gloria, and then she made her play for the other masseur.
Okorocha attached text messages to his lawsuit between himself and Doe #2, in which Okorocha wrote, "I can't believe f**king Allred called you." He added, "She ain't been in a courtroom in 20 years. Just doing stupid ass press conference side shows."
John Travolta Accuser
John Doe #2 ID'd
5/20/2012 7:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
John Travolta's second accuser, known previously only as John Doe 2, has been revealed ... and his name is John Truesdale.
The NY Daily News tracked Truesdale down in Atlanta. He's 6-feet tall and weights 250 pounds and holds a black belt. He's a former high school football player and onetime U.S. Army medic.
Truesdale didn't say much when approached by the paper, saying at one point, "I thought I was supposed to be anonymous." He would only give a no comment when asked about the case.
Truesdale dropped his lawsuit against Travolta this week and fired his lawyer. He is now repped by Gloria Allred.
John Travolta Case
Gloria Allred Accused
of STEALING Clients
5/17/2012 2:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
5:05PM PST: Gloria tells TMZ, "Mr. Okorocha's representations are false, outrageous and defamatory," adding both John Doe 1 and 2 contacted her office and she did not solicit either of them.
Gloria is demanding a retraction ... or else.
Gloria Allred "illegally" seduced John Travolta's accusers ... and convinced them to fire their attorney ... so says the scorned ex-lawyer.
Okorie Okorocha -- who represented John Doe #1 and John Doe #2 in their separate sexual assault lawsuits against Travolta -- says Allred had been soliciting his clients while he was still working on their cases.
Okorocha claims he warned John Doe #2 that Allred's actions were "unethical and against the law" ... but it didn't matter -- both Does dropped Okorocha and immediately signed with Allred anyway.
Okorocha did not say if he will pursue legal action against Allred -- but did pay her a compliment ... saying, "I know that the case is gonna go away quietly because Miss Allred has successfully made cases go away quietly."
"I'm confident [both accusers] will get justice, it'll just be an under the table payment."
John Doe #2 Now
Repped by Gloria Allred
5/17/2012 11:56 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Gloria Allred is now representing John Doe #2, the masseur who is accusing John Travolta of sexual assault, but it's unclear exactly what Allred is doing with him.
As we previously reported, John Doe #2 fired his lawyer and plans to dismiss his case, which was filed in federal court.
Gloria says, "We believe that the lawsuit should be filed in another court and, therefore, the lawsuit was dismissed without prejudice. We will be conferring with our client regarding what will happen next in this case."
Travolta's lawyer, Marty Singer, tells TMZ, "I'm looking forward to trying the case against Gloria Allred in a court of law, not in the media." Singer told TMZ his client hasn't paid either John Doe #1 or 2 a penny, calling their claims "ridiculous and false."
I Didn't Pay Off Accusers
5/17/2012 11:01 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
John Travolta didn't cough up a red cent to the two male masseurs who accused him of sexual battery -- despite the fact that both dismissed their lawsuits just days apart.
Travolta's lawyer, Marty Singer, tells TMZ, "Not one penny has been paid nor do we have any intention to pay any money for these ridiculous and false claims."
As we reported, the second accuser fired his lawyer -- just two days after the first accuser filed papers dismissing his lawsuit. The second accuser is also expected to file papers dismissing his lawsuit.
It's unclear why accuser #2 is ending his Travolta war.
Accuser #1 called it quits after TMZ posted photos proving his story was bogus.
Accuser #2 Drops Lawsuit
5/17/2012 9:58 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
That was fast -- just two days after John Travolta's first accuser filed papers to dismiss his sexual battery lawsuit against the actor, the second accuser is following in kind ... dropping his own lawsuit.
According to CNN, the second accuser -- also a male masseur -- just fired his lawyer. The accuser will reportedly file new court papers in an effort to dismiss the lawsuit in the near future.
The 2nd accuser had claimed Travolta assaulted him on January 28th at an Atlanta spa resort, grabbing the masseur's penis.
It's the last remaining sexual battery lawsuit against Travolta. The first accuser -- who had claimed a similar incident occurred on January 16th at the Beverly Hills Hotel -- dropped his lawsuit on Tuesday.
Attorney Okorie Okorocha -- who repped both accusers -- claims he doesn't know why his second client called it quits.
TMZ posted hard photographic proof the first incident couldn't have occurred on January 16th -- but so far, proof against the second incident hasn't surfaced.
We've Been Vindicated!
5/15/2012 1:14 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
John Travolta's lawyer says the actor has been completely vindicated after John Doe #1 dismissed his sexual assault lawsuit.
Attorney Marty Singer tells TMZ, "My client is completely vindicated by Doe #1 dropping his claims and dismissing his lawsuit. We fully expect that my client will similarly be vindicated with respect to Doe #2, as well as with respect to any other person who makes meritless claims against John Travolta."
As TMZ previously reported ... John Doe #2 still has a standing lawsuit against Travolta.