The first man to accuse John Travolta of sexual assault has just filed papers dismissing his lawsuit against the actor ... TMZ has learned.
The masseur had claimed Travolta assaulted him on January 16 at the Beverly Hills Hotel. But as TMZ first reported, flight records show Travolta was in NYC that day ... and was even photographed inside the Greenwich Hotel.
The dismissal papers were filed this morning in California and specifically state that it is only John Doe One who is dropping his claim.
A second masseur -- John Doe #2 -- is still pursuing his claim, which alleges Travolta sexually assaulted him in an Atlanta hotel.
Ex-Cruise Worker Claims
Actor Wanted Neck Massage ... and More
5/14/2012 12:22 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
John Travolta asked a room steward on a Royal Caribbean cruise line to give him a neck massage in his stateroom back in 2009 ... this according to an official incident report obtained by TMZ, but the documents don't mention anything about any overt sexual overture on Travolta's part.
The steward, Fabian Zanzi, claims he was delivering something to Travolta's stateroom when the actor asked him for a neck massage. Although the report doesn't expressly name Travolta, we've confirmed the actor was indeed the guest in question.
Fabian claimed he obliged -- and Travolta "then told him he was a beautiful person and invited him to return to visit him later that night."
Fabian claimed he refused because of a strict company policy banning RC employees from fraternizing with guests.
Fabian reported the incident and was disciplined for the neck massage, which is a violation of the no-fraternization rule. He subsequently left the company.
Fabian now says the encounter was much more than described in the incident report, claiming Travolta opened his robe and gave him a big hug while his penis was erect ... and offered him $12,000 for sex and silence.
The video of Fabian (above) was shot yesterday.
Travolta's attorney Marty Singer tells TMZ, "The incident report now confirms Mr. Zanzi fabricated his story about my client. He never stated that my client did anything wrong. Obviously, if he had engaged in any inappropriate conduct he would have reported it to his supervisors."
A rep for Royal Caribbean tells TMZ, "Fabian Zanzi worked for Royal Caribbean International from October 2003 until May 2011 on various ships. In June 2009, Mr. Zanzi was working as a Room Service Phone Operator onboard Enchantment of the Seas."
The rep claims Fabian was NOT fired by the cruise company, but rather resigned on May 18, 2011 -- two years after the alleged incident.
Costume Designer Says
Masseur's Claim is Bogus
5/10/2012 12:19 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
A costume designer who shot the photos of John Travolta at a New York hotel says there is no way in hell Travolta met up with a masseur in L.A.. the same day.
Denise Wingate, who worked as the costume designer for Travolta's movie, "Killing Season," tells TMZ she was in the actor's New York suite at The Greenwich Hotel for most of the afternoon on January 16 -- the day a masseur claims Travolta sexually accosted him at a Beverly Hills hotel.
Wingate says she took a bunch of pictures -- including the ones TMZ posted -- during the session that lasted around 3 1/2 hours. She also says 4 other people were in the room with Travolta and herself.
Wingate, who also fitted Robert De Niro at the hotel the same day, says Travolta was at the hotel almost the entire day, running his lines for the movie.
As we reported, we also obtained the flight plan which shows Travolta flew out of L.A. the evening of January 15 and landed in New York in the early hours of the 16th.
Wingate says any notion that Travolta was in Beverly Hills on the 16th "is absolutely absurd."
Proves I Wasn't In L.A.
5/10/2012 6:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
John Travolta was not in L.A. the day a masseur claims the actor sexually assaulted him ... in fact, Travolta flew to New York the night before ... TMZ has learned.
We checked flight records which show Travolta's jet took off from Los Angeles International Airport at 8:21 PM on January 15, 2012 and landed at 3:59 AM the next morning in Westchester County, NY.
The masseur's lawyer claims Travolta met the masseur in question at the Beverly Hills Hotel at 10 AM on January 16, but the flight records show differently.
We've also learned Travolta stayed at The Greenwich Hotel in NYC on the 16th. We posted pics of Travolta taken for a wardrobe fitting on the 16th in the late afternoon -- pics that were taken for his upcoming movie. Notice the photo showing the hotel bathroom ... the tile floor, the marble on the walls and the bathroom door match the photos in which Travolta appears.
Travolta also went to Mr. Chow in NYC in the evening on the 16th.
So the actor was firmly ensconced in The Big Apple during the time frame the masseur claims the assault occurred.
'New York' Photos
5/9/2012 1:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
John Travolta's people say they have specific information about the photos they say place him in New York City the day he allegedly assaulted a masseur in Beverly Hills, California -- and the information they say proves Travolta was firmly ensconced in the big apple.
According to Travolta's people, the file time stamp shows the picture was taken at 4:30 PM. The second picture was taken at 5:21 PM -- both on January 16, 2012.
We could not confirm whether the times on the files were EST or PST. If it's PST, it would be theoretically possible -- though difficult -- for Travolta to have flown across the country and made the fitting.
Travolta's people tell us ... the pictures were part of a fitting session for his upcoming movie, "Killing Season."
And Travolta's lawyer, Marty Singer, tells TMZ he has proof his client was not only in NYC on January 16, but he was there the day before as well.
Accusers' Lawyer Says
More Masseurs Will Sue
5/9/2012 7:17 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The lawyer for the 2 masseurs suing John Travolta for sexual assault says other masseurs have come forward with similar stories and some of them will join the lawsuit.
Okorie Okorocha, who reps John Doe #1 and John Doe #2 (he says he's kept their true identities secret because they're victims of sex crimes) claims he tried settling the case involving Doe #1 discretely, telling Travolta's lawyers they could go to a private judge and keep everything confidential, but he says they shut him down.
Okorocha also says Travolta's lawyer, Marty Singer, is off base when he says Travolta was not in L.A. on January 16 -- the date the first incident allegedly occurred. Okorocha says during their initial discussions, Travolta's lawyers conceded the actor was in L.A. on the date in question.
PROOF I Didn't Grope
5/9/2012 7:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
John Travolta was 2,475 miles from L.A. the day a masseur claims the actor sexually assaulted him at a Beverly Hills hotel -- and TMZ has obtained photographs which his people say will prove it.
We're told the photos were snapped January 16th in NYC. Travolta sources say they have proof positive of the location and date of the photos -- New York, January 16.
The photos could torpedo the case of John Doe #1, an unidentified male masseur who filed suit against Travolta for allegedly grabbing his penis and scrotum the very same day ... during a massage session at the 90210 hotel.
And there's more ... a receipt from a meal Travolta ate at Mr. Chow in New York ... also on January 16th (below).
The bill totaled $382 and the tip was $100 -- the kind of generous tip for which Travolta is known. We've confirmed Travolta ate the meal at Mr. Chow.
Another masseur filed suit against Travolta yesterday, claiming the actor tried to grab his penis during a massage session on January 28th in Atlanta. The same lawyer is handling both cases.
Travolta's attorney Marty Singer calls both lawsuits "absurd and ridiculous."
Claims 2nd Masseur
Is ALSO Lying
5/8/2012 1:55 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
John Travolta's lawyer is lashing out at the second "anonymous" male masseur who's accused the actor of sexual harassment -- calling the 2nd claim "just as absurd and ridiculous as the first one."
Travolta's powerhouse attorney, Marty Singer, just released a statement in response to a report that a second accuser filed legal docs claiming Travolta grabbed his genitals and masturbated during a massage session on January 28th at an unidentified Atlanta spa resort.
Singer calls the new allegations "absurd and fictional" ... and says they're "just as fabricated" as the claims made by John Doe #1 in the initial lawsuit filed May 4th.
Singer also blasts the lawyer who's representing both accusers -- claiming the attorney obviously read media reports which poked holes in accuser #1's story ... and then made adjustments when asserting claims on behalf of the 2nd alleged victim.
We've put in multiple calls to the lawyer who filed the claims -- but he has yet to return our calls.
Marty Singer's Official Statement:
"This second 'anonymous' claim is just as absurd and ridiculous as the first one.
The attorney who filed the lawsuit on behalf of his second anonymous client, who does not want to disclose his name although he is required to do so, was notified that his first client’s claims were totally false and fabricated, since our client was not in LA when anonymous “Doe #1” claims he interacted with John Travolta.
That fact is easily provable since John Travolta was on the east coast working on a movie on the date that anonymous “Doe #1” claims he interacted with our client. After we were able to establish that anonymous “Doe #1’s” claims were totally absurd, the same attorney has now filed a claim on behalf of another plaintiff, whom he identified as “Doe #2.” Significantly, although the same attorney made the fabricated claim for Doe #1, there was never any claim made by anonymous Doe #2 before he filed his specious lawsuit.
Before the attorney for the two anonymous plaintiffs filed the claim on behalf of the second person who refuses to disclose his identity although required to do so, it is obvious that he checked media reports that my client was in Atlanta working on a movie.
However, the claim by Doe #2 is just as fabricated as the claim by Doe #1. Our client will be fully vindicated in court on both of these absurd and fictional claims."
The 'Massage' Lawsuit
Is Total B.S.
5/7/2012 2:41 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
John Travolta says the lawsuit claiming he sexually assaulted a masseur is a total lie ... and that he was 2,475 miles from the place it supposedly happened.
Travolta's rep tells TMZ ... John was on the East Coast the day the masseur claims John got on the massage table and, among other things, allegedly grabbed the guy's penis and then masturbated.
The statement says, "This lawsuit is a complete fiction and fabrication. None of the events claimed in the suit ever occurred."
The statement notes, the masseur didn't disclose his name in the lawsuit -- he sued as "John Doe."
John is confident he will get the case thrown out and will sue the attorney and the masseur for malicious prosecution.
Sued By Masseur
He Touched My Penis
5/7/2012 1:36 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
John Travolta has been sued by a masseur, who claims the actor tried to have sex with him during a session.
According to the lawsuit, Travolta saw the masseur's ad online, and scheduled an appointment for $200 an hour. The masseur did not know it was Travolta when the appointment was booked, but followed instructions and met up with a black Lexus SUV, which Travolta was driving.
According to the suit, Travolta and the masseur, who says he saw Trojan condoms in the center console, drove to the Beverly Hills Hotel and went to Travolta's bungalow.
The suit claims Travolta stripped naked, appearing semi-erect. The masseur says he told Travolta to lay down on the table and the first hour went without incident. Then, according to legal docs, Travolta began rubbing the masseur's leg, touched his scrotum and the shaft of his penis.
The masseur claims he told Travolta he did not have sex with his clients, but Travolta was undeterred, offering to do a "reverse massage," adding, "Come on dude, I'll jerk you off!!!"
The suit goes on to allege Travolta then masturbated and told the masseur he got to where he was "due to sexual favors he had performed when he was in his 'Welcome Back Kotter' days," adding "Hollywood is controlled by homosexual Jewish men who expect favors in return for sexual activity."
The masseur -- who is only listed as John Doe -- claims Travolta called him a loser, but then doubled the hourly rate and sent him on his way.
The suit seeks $2 million plus punitive damages.
Travolta's reps could not be reached for comment.