For the fourth time this year John Travolta is being sued in an action based on accusations of sexual impropriety.
TMZreports that Douglas Gotterba, a former pilot, is claiming he and Travolta conducted a secret relationship for several years.
Gotterba alleges that following the publication of an explicit interview with The National Enquirer about his alleged “steamy affair” with the Pulp Fiction star, he was threatened with legal proceedings.
According to Gotterba, Marty Singer, Travolta’s attorney, threatened to sue him for breaching a confidentiality agreement that Gotterba allegedly signed.
It’s on this point that the facts – such as they are — get a little murky.
Singer is alleging that Gotterba signed the confidentiality agreement as part of a termination of employment agreement.
Gotterba’s filing admits that he did sign a termination agreement, but says it didn’t include a confidentiality stipulation.
In addition, Gotterba insists he should be allowed to talk about his alleged relationship with Travolta without being threatened with a lawsuit.
TMZ report that Singer says he has the contract that Gotterba signed in his possession, and that the document contains a confidentiality agreement. Singer told TMZ:
“Mr. Gotterba obviously filed this lawsuit to get his 15 minutes of fame. We plan to get this meritless case promptly dismissed.”
This is the fourth lawsuit against Travolta this year. In May, two masseurs — known to the public as John Doe #1 and John Doe #2 — and a cruise worker named Fabian Zanzi, sued Travolta over accusations of improper sexual behavior.
Those suits were subsequently dropped. In the case of John Doe #1, it was unequivocally established that on the day of the alleged sex attack, Travolta was in another location entirely.
The second massage therapist later withdrew his suit on the advice of infamous attorney Gloria Allred. Fabian Zanzi’s case was also dropped.
The outcome of the new lawsuit against Travolta remains to be seen.
Do you think there’s no smoke without fire, or do you think celebrities are particularly vulnerable to extortion attempts masquerading as lawsuits?