John Travolta has been accused of having a six-year affair with his male pilot. Joan Edwards, the actor’s secretary from 1978 to 1994, made the allegations in an interview with the National Enquirer.
Edwards alleges that Travolta, who was recently hit by two lawsuits from male masseurs claiming he made sexual advances towards them, had an affair with pilot Doug Gotterba in the 1980s.
Edwards said that it was Gotterba, now 60, who ended up finishing the affair with Travolta, 58. She added that Gotterba finished the secretive relationship because the actor piled on too much weight and suffered with personal hygiene problems. She elaborated:
“Of course I knew John was gay. Doug is a wonderful guy and we are still good friends. He told me they had a sexual relationship.”
And Edwards wasn’t the only one to claim the affair was real. Gotterba’s former boyfriend Robert Britz also confirmed the story, telling the Enquirer:
“Doug told me he’d had a homosexual relationship with John in the 1980s. Doug said John was constantly grabbing at him, but he put up with his sexual advances because working for him was lucrative. But John’s advances eventually started to repulse him. Doug said he hated sleeping with John as his body was very hairy and he didn’t like the way he smelled. John would also become very heavy between movies. Doug said he was huge and it turned him off. The relationship ended shortly thereafter.”
Married father of two Travolta could not be contacted last night, but his legal team released a statement denying the allegations.