What else is there to know about John Travolta and his genitals? According to a thrillingly prurient and detailed lawsuit filed by an unnamed masseur at the Beverly Hills Hotel, the public now knows more than it ever expected. After recovering from allegedly being groped by the iconic star, the distressed masseur is now suing Travolta for damages.
Seeking $2 million (what might have been claimed if they went all the way?) the masseur’s filing (his name has been withheld) gives a minute-by-minute retelling. He claims Travolta’s erect penis is approximately 8 inches in length and his pubic hair is “wirey (sic) and unkempt.” Travolta, on being rebuffed, yelled “Hollywood is controlled by homosexual Jewish men who expect favors in return for sexual activity.” Undoubtedly an odd response… but bring on the headlines! They’re guaranteed!
Team Travolta responded with indignation and anger. “Untrue!” and “False!” None of the events claimed ever occurred, said his rep. Besides, Travolta wasn’t in LA at the time of the alleged incident. The rep said they would fight it and once thrown out, cross sue the masseur for malicious prosecution. But hold on! Now a second masseur has come out and joined the Californian lawsuit, claiming Travolta made similar moves at a hotel room in Atlanta.
The PR Verdict: “B” for team Travolta who were quick off the mark with a robust and unequivocal denial. Credibility is going to be strained though if additional complainants join the lawsuit.
PR Takeaway: As complicating facts emerge it becomes tougher to stick with flat out denials and indignation. Why not feign indifference? What a frivolous and cynical lawsuit! We have handed it to our lawyers. Point out that Travolta wasn’t even there on the night in question while conceding agreement on three points: the masseur is suing for $2 million in damages, he never approached the police and he filed his opportunistic complaint anonymously. Next question?
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Who would you place money on? Team Travolta or the Masseur.