Travolta 'should survive sex scandal'

2012-05-12 08:16

Los Angeles - John Travolta may be the subject of a $2 million assault and sexual battery lawsuit, but there is little likelihood the allegations will ruin the Hollywood star's career, celebrity image experts said on Friday.

Travolta, 58, has battled negative headlines all week after two unidentified male masseurs filed a lawsuit saying the actor sexually assaulted them in two separate incidents during private massages.

A third man, cruise ship worker Fabian Zanzi, said on a Chilean TV show "Primer Plano" that Travolta offered him $12 000 to have sex while on a cruise in 2009.

Travolta's lawyer have called the claims absurd and ridiculous and say all three men are trying to get their "15 minutes of fame".

On Friday celebrity website Radaronline.com reported that the first accuser, known only as John Doe No 1, now claims to have been wrong about the date - January 16, 2012 - of the alleged assault.

The lawyer for John Doe No 1 said he no longer represents the man, although he is staying with the second accuser, John Doe No 2.

Tiger Woods, Hugh Grant, Rob Lowe and Kim Kardashian, among others, have all been mired in sex scandals. As was the case with them, Travolta's career should survive, the experts said.

"People tend to bond and create a certain affinity with certain actors, and who they like and what they like is rarely related to the actor's tabloid images. It's related to their body of work and how cool their fans think they are," said Howard Bragman, a veteran celebrity publicist and vice chairperson of Reputation.com.

Bragman said Travolta and his representatives have done a good job of disproving and deflecting the claims.

"None of us were there and none of us knows what happened, but I've seen a lot of phony lawsuits against celebrities ... . So I look at these with a very cynical eye," Bragman said.

Comments

  • Msika - 2012-05-12 08:38

    Travolta just come out of the closet already. The allegations might not be true, but I wouldnt be suprised if they turn out to be.

  • goyougoodthing - 2012-05-12 08:39

    Being gay and in the closet, Travolta represents all that is wrong with Hollywood, like being gay is wrong. The way they all hide suggests that it is dirty and a secret. It's like telling my gay mates we can meet at my house but not in public...

  • goyougoodthing - 2012-05-12 08:47

    Tom is next

      goyougoodthing - 2012-05-12 09:01

      Then Oprah

      Preshen - 2012-05-14 08:32

      ryan seacrest

  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-05-12 09:13

    ""15 minutes of fame"" ?? or ""15 minutes of pleasure"" ?? Very very possible the latter !! This has NOTHING to do with consensual sex, but all about ABUSE of power. Travolta is a SCUMBAG !! Scientology and the RC Church have in common; That there is ALWAYS sexual abuse. The nature of these businesses, the intimate talk and the secrecy, makes this inevitable!!!!!

  • atholl.hay - 2012-05-12 09:34

    "Assault & sexual battery"??!! Oh please! Nothing more than a couple of inappropriate & indiscreet requests, at most. John Travolta is an outstanding actor and comes across as a genuinely nice guy. His bisexuality is his own business. These chancers are just pushing their luck.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-05-12 10:00

      Atholl, You miss the point !! There is NOTHING wrong , with consensual sex between two men or two women. What is wrong is; sexual abuse. Scientology is full off sexual abuse !! Travolta is not "MR CLEAN" , he is MR SCUMBAG

      goyougoodthing - 2012-05-12 10:10

      Too right Anthony, the tales that I have heard about scientology, what happens on their big cruise ship and at their centres is disgraceful.

      goyougoodthing - 2012-05-12 10:12

      PLus he is LYING about his sexual orientation... which says a lot about his character... he did become famous for dancing :-)

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-05-12 10:36

      Goyougoodthing, On this issue we agree! Great !!

      goyougoodthing - 2012-05-12 11:06

      LOL yes Anthony, finally something LOL

      atholl.hay - 2012-05-12 11:27

      All I know about John Travolta is what I read in the press. This is not enough information to pronounce him guilty, innocent, clean or scumbag. Let's leave that to the courts. Anyway, who are we to judge? To the best of my knowledge he has never denied his bisexuality. Whatever arrangement he and his wife may have is their business. But massage guys suing him for $2 million because he allegedly made inappropriate passes at them?! Wow, I can only imagine how traumatized they must have been ...

      goyougoodthing - 2012-05-12 11:35

      No, he has denied it, as will Tom Cruise. The whole Scientology movement is dodgy, do some research.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-05-12 12:21

      Atholl, Sure, what relationship Travolta has with his wife, is their business, but Travolta and his buddy Tom Cruise are also the public face of Scientology. This monstrous institution is evil, having done serious harm to tens of thousands of their followers, and with untold cases of sexual abuse !!!! On a lighter note; every businessman should have a statue on his desk, of Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology, a peddler of crappy 'self help" books and courses. He came up ,which must be the smartest 'ever' busisness idea; he transformed his company into a CURCH !!, with the result that this business pays NO TAX, anywhere in the world !! Sadly he also distroyed soo many lives !!! Ps When you google Scientology, be extremely careful; this company is the slickest, most dishonest and by far the most criminal you will find on the internet !!!!!!

      atholl.hay - 2012-05-12 14:01

      All religions are dodgy - no argument there! I can find no reliable report of him making any public announcement on his sexuality (and why should he?) but did find a current report that one of his accusers has been dropped by his attorney. It will be interesting to see how this all pans out ....

      goyougoodthing - 2012-05-12 14:13

      The reach of the scientologists will make this go away. The accusers will be found to be heroin dealers and child touchers. Or they will get 'confused' and break down, at which point Travolta will forgive them and do a tv special about it. Maybe even in time for a new movie...

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-05-12 15:53

      Goyougoodthing, Soo true !! A more sinister organisation will be hard to find !! Also a great place for money laundering, could this be an attraction for some stars, earning mega bucks ?? ( Pay half my salary to Scientology, and than access this, tax free !! )

  • barb.magill - 2012-05-14 15:10

    Why couldn't these so called masseurs deal with it privately?, instead of suing for a hell of a lot of money! surely they could just ask for an apology, but no! of course they want big bucks off him because he is a celebrity! and also why can't people just mind their own business instead of bringing the Scienctology church into it! I do not agree with being gay, but do mind my own business where it applies!! John Travolta is a great actor and I have enjoyed every one of his films, so will continue to be a fan of his regardless of what people think of him! So leave the chap alone!! Everyone has got skeletons in their cupboards it is only because he is a celebrity that this has come out! How many more are behind the scenes of people who cannot be sued!!??

      atholl.hay - 2012-05-15 12:07

      "I do not agree with being gay" is like saying you do not agree with the earth being round! Gay people are born into and belong to every society in the world. We are all ages, all races, all faiths. We are doctors and teachers, farmers and bankers, soldiers and athletes. And whether you know it or whether you acknowledge it, we are your family, your friends and your neighbours. Being gay is not a Western invention. It is a human reality.

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