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A fourth man has come forward to accuse John Travolta of making inappropriate sexual advances towards male massage artists. Michael Caputo, a former masseur at Manhattan's swanky Peninsula Hotel, claims that the actor was actually banned from the hotel spa after one too many staff members complained about him.
"Travolta would always request a man for his massage, but after a while no one would take him because of his inappropriate behavior," Caputo told the NY Daily News. "It got to the point where they couldn't find any men to take him, and they had to ban him."
Caputo, who says he worked at the Peninsula from 1992 to 2008 and had many celebrity clients, claims that these incidents occurred about 10 years ago. The spa's ban against Travolta, he claims, was instigated after several masseurs complained to the management, and lasted around three years. Although he hasn't joined the sexual assault lawsuit against Travolta, Caputo says he wanted to speak up because he believes the accusers "150 percent."
"I just don't want the licensed massage therapists to be thrown under the bus," he told the newspaper. "So now the tables are turned because now Travolta has the money and can hire the best lawyers."
Last week, an anonymous masseur sued Travolta for sexual assault, claiming that the actor tried to force him into sexual acts during a private massage session in Beverly Hills. The day after the news broke, a second John Doe joined the lawsuit, saying he had a nearly identical experience while giving Travolta a massage in Atlanta. A few days later, a third man, cruise worker Fabian Zanzi, told a Chilean news outlet that Travolta offered him $12,000 for sex during a Royal Caribbean cruise in 2009.
The 58-year-old actor's attorney, Marty Singer, has denied all accusations, and says that the latest one is as ridiculous as the first three.
"The hotel never told John he was banned, and John never acted improperly," singer told the News. "If he was banned, do you think he'd ever go back?"
Travolta's legal team has produced flight records and photographs which appear to prove that Travolta wasn't in Beverly Hills on the day that John Doe No. 1 has accused him of assault. The accusers' lawyer, Okorie Okorocha, now says that the date was incorrect, but the accusations still stand.
"I filed the original complaint based on information that had been out for a couple of months and was vetted by a lie detector," he told the Daily News. "I don't know what else can increase a client's credibility more. I had thought (the date) was correct. But somebody made a mistake somewhere."
Okorocha subsequently dropped John Doe No. 1 as a client, but said last week that there are "a bunch of accusers" who have come forward to him, and that he's still in the process of verifying their stories. Seems like Travolta may be dealing with this massage scandal for a while yet.