John Travolta wins over sex book suit
“Wild Hogs” star John Travolta just won a huge legal victory against the author of a book who claims the actor frequented gay bathhouses.
According to reports, 58-year-old John Travolta is a victorious defendant after the actor was sued for libel by a man named Robert Randolph — the author of “You’ll Never Spa in This Town Again” — who claimed Travolta and his lawyer Marty Singer conspired to discredit Randolph and his book.
In his suit against the two, Robert Randolph alleged that Travolta and Singer “falsely claimed Randolph had mental issues and spent time in a mental institution” in a letter to press. Robert claimed that such allegations about his mental health made it difficult for the author to sell the book, as retailers were hesitant about stocking it.
However, Los Angeles judge Malcolm Mackey dismissed the case on Thursday, agreeing with John Travolta and Marty Singer’s lawyer Lynda Goldman — ruling the letter was a legitimate part of the legal dispute over the book, and therefore protected by the First Amendment because the pair’s right to free speech.
In his book “You’ll Never Spa in This Town Again,” Robert Randolph said that he personally witnessed the “Saturday Night Fever” star performing gay sexual acts with men at spas.
The win for John Travolta and Marty Singer comes on the heels of the dismissal of two May lawsuits by masseurs who claimed the actor had touched them inappropriately and subjected them to unwanted sexual advances. Those cases were withdrawn voluntarily.