(LOS ANGELES) — After two men filed lawsuits, alleging that John Travolta sexually harassed them, the actor’s initial accuser has dropped his lawsuit, TMZ.com reports.
The masseur, identified only as John Doe, accused Travolta in a $2 million lawsuit of assault and sexual battery for allegedly attempting to have sex with him on Jan. 16 at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Now, John Doe has filed dismissal papers, according to TMZ.
John Doe’s dropped lawsuit comes after reports showed Travolta photographed in New York on the day of the alleged sexual assault.
Travolta still faces claims from a second unidentified masseur, who claimed that during a massage at an Atlanta resort in late January, the actor tried to force the masseur’s hand onto his private parts and later performed a lewd act. The masseur says he left the room and complained to his supervisors and co-workers, after which Travolta unsuccessfully “demanded” that the masseur continue the massage.
A Chilean cruise ship employee named Fabian Zanzi has also claimed Travolta made sexual advances at him, according to E! Online. He told the Chilean news program Primo Plano the incident occurred during a Royal Caribbean cruise in 2009. He has not filed a lawsuit.
Travolta’s attorney, Marty Singer, has long denied the allegations against the actor. He responded to E! News regarding Zanzi, saying, “This is just another ridiculous claim by someone hopping on the bandwagon to get his 15 minutes of fame with a story about something that supposedly happened over three years ago.”
Regarding the initial accuser dropping his claim, Singer tells E! News in a statement, “My client is completely vindicated by Doe No. 1 dropping his claims and dismissing his lawsuit.” The statement continues, “We fully expect that my client will similarly be vindicated with respect to Doe No. 2, as well as with respect to any other person who makes meritless claims against John Travolta.”
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