(LOS ANGELES) — The John Travolta sexual harassment case took an unusual turn Monday, when the former lawyer of the two anonymous plaintiffs sued their new attorney, Gloria Allred.
According to TMZ.com, Okorie Okorocha claims Allred stole the second plaintiff away from him after the initial plaintiff hired her. He told the second plaintiff in a text message — the contents of which was provided with the lawsuit — that Allred “ain’t been in a courtroom in 20 years. Just doing stupid ass press conference side shows.”
Allred says in a statement obtained by TMZ that she will file a counterclaim against Okorocha for defamation, adding, “Doe #1 and Doe #2 contacted me seeking representation, and we have the evidence to prove it.”
The two plaintiffs, who are both masseurs, sued Travolta sexual battery and sexual harassment, but later dropped their complaints. However, Allred has left open the possibility that the lawsuits will be re-filed.
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Joshua Berlinger, CNN Newswire
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