John Travolta accuser threatened with malicious prosecution lawsuit
It didn't take long for John Travolta's lawyer to bring down the hammer on the unnamed masseur who is accusing the actor of trying to get a happy ending by greasing his palm and a whole bunch of other double entendres. The plaintiff is now being threatened with a malicious prosecution lawsuit, which sounds malicious all by itself.
The Hollywood Reporter says attorney Marty Singer, who has already vehemently denied the allegations against Travolta -- he's even said he can prove Travolta wasn't in L.A. on Jan. 16, when the massage allegedly took place -- blames the opposing counsel for the suit. Singer says Okorie Okorocha was warned that he and his unnamed client could get in big trouble by filing, but he went ahead and did it anyway, "making it very salacious" because Okorocha knew people would read such a crazy claim. Mission accomplished on that point.
"There is a heightened standard for a lawyer suing a celebrity and knowing the media will pick it up," Singer said. "The lawyer can't just rely on the client. He needs to do an investigation and has an obligation to do due diligence."
Singer said he first has to prove the lawsuit is baseless, so he'll be filing a motion for summary judgment, THR says. Then he'll sue John Doe and Okorocha back to the Stone Age for filing a suit with no merit, and seek punitive damages, too.
But first, we have to find out John Doe's real name, something the suit claims is necessary because the allegations "could form the basis of ruining the Plaintiff's career, and that Travolta will experience no prejudice by the continued anonymity." Well, even saying it was a guy is probably enough to bring Singer running with a countersuit, don't you think?
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