John Travolta has been accused of sexual abuse
Another day, another sexual harassment scandal - or so it seems. Since the New York Times published their explosive exposé investigating disgraced film mogul, Harvey Weinstein's history of sexual harassment and abuse, more and more emboldened victims have come forward with their own stories. As such, allegations of sexual harassment and abuse have been lobbied against numerous influential figures, such as Kevin Spacey, Louis C.K, Brett Ratner, Terry Richardson and actor Ed Westwick.
And the domino-effect that the Weinstein scandal pre-empted shows no signs of ceasing. In fact, the latest household name to be accused of sexual abuse is none other than John Travolta.
The 63-year-old actor was accused of sexual battery in a criminal complaint filed by a 21-year-old man, back in 2000.
The incident allegedly took place at the LaQuinta Hotel in Palm Springs, California whilst Travolta was receiving a deep tissue massage at the hotel's spa. The masseuse, who remains unidentified, claims that Travolta not only exposed himself, but groped him, all the while elaborating on his "gay fantasies".
According to Radar Online, the spa facilities at the LaQuinta had been opened after midnight on February 15th 2000, for the Grease star's private use. And during the massage, the report filed by the victim alleges that Travolta repeatedly removed his towel to "expose" his buttocks.
After the masseuse administered a body scrub, the anonymous man claimed that Travolta told him that "he was very attractive and that he had gotten him excited."
The report continues that the actor then asked the masseuse to accompany him to the steam room, to which the professional agreed, citing he did "so [that] he wouldn't have to sit alone"
Travolta then offered the young man a massage of his own, and the victim "agreed to let Travolta show him some of these techniques, and laid down on his stomach". However, whilst doing so, "Travolta reached under his towel and began to rub his [Redacted] inner thigh… and began rubbing him on his bare buttocks, as well as the groove between the buttocks".
The 21-year-old man, who was clearly left traumatised by the encounter, reported the incident to Palm Springs Sheriff department, who promptly sent an officer to the hotel. The employee requested to file a complaint against the actor for sexual battery.
In the report, Officer Peters from the Palm Springs Sheriff Department wrote,
"[Redacted] told me he asked Travolta what area of the body he wanted him to concentrate on the most, and Travolta replied the buttocks.
He said that during the course of the massage, Travolta kept removing the towel covering the area, and exposing his buttocks. [Redacted] told me it is improper to remove the towel, so he kept replacing it.
[Redacted] said after the massage was complete they went into another room where he performed what he called a ‘Citrus Scrub’ on Travolta."
"He said that during the procedure, Travolta told him that he was very attractive and that he had gotten him ‘excited’… They moved to the steam room, where Travolta asked if he would accompany him, so he wouldn’t have to sit alone.
He said shortly afterwards, Travolta removed his towel and was nude.
He told me that Travolta then asked him if he would like to see some of the massage techniques that he [Travolta] likes."
The man in question was left feeling "violated" and "uncomfortable", and chose to leave the steam room, when he claims that Travolta asked him a series of lewd questions, including whether he'd ever "had his a**hole licked buy another man" and what he would do "if he ever had a sexual encounter with another man".
Though the claimant wanted "prosecution against Travolta for Sexual Battery", officer Peters determined that the man's details "[did] not meet the elements of battery or sexual battery" and that they could not be "corroborated" as "none of the acts or statements were witnessed".
The officer added that at the time of the report "Travolta had already checked out of the hotel", and as such he was "unable to speak with him regarding this case".
The case was subsequently "closed unfounded" and the complainant was advised to "speak with a civil attorney" as the Palm Springs Sheriff Department failed to file any charges.
John Travolta has not yet issued a statement on the matter.