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The lawyer for John Doe No 1 said he no
longer represents the man, although he is staying with the second accuser, John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