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The legal battle between John Travolta and the masseur who's suing him for sexual assault is heating up -- with both parties claiming they have proof that the other is lying. The actor, who is being accused of making unwanted sexual advances during a massage session, says he can prove that he was in New York on the day that the alleged massage happened in Beverly Hills. The masseur's lawyer, however, says he has verified that the incident really happened -- and that there are more accusers waiting in the wings with similar stories about Travolta.
Let's take a look at John's alibi first. The man who's suing him, a.k.a. John Doe, claims that Travolta tried to pressure and physically coerce him into sex during a massage at the Beverly Hills Hotel on the morning of Jan. 16. However, Travolta says he wasn't even in California at the time. The actor's rep has submitted two photos and a receipt to TMZ which allegedly prove that he was in New York City: two photographs taken from a wardrobe test, and a receipt for a late night meal at the restaurant Mr. Chow. Both TMZ and People have confirmed that Travolta was indeed at Mr. Chow that night.
However, these documents alone don't entirely let Travolta off the hook. A pilot with access to private jets, John could have easily been in L.A. in the morning and flown to New York by 11 p.m., when his dinner took place. The strongest part of his case are the time stamps on the wardrobe test photos, which indicate that Travolta was in New York City in the mid-afternoon -- making it almost impossible for him to have been in California that morning. (Of course, that also depends on whether the time stamps were recording East Coast or West Coast time, which TMZ has yet to confirm.)
John Doe's lawyer, Okorie Okorocha, claims to have evidence that his client's story does check out -- though he's not revealing what that evidence may be. He does, however, say that he's vetted both John Doe's story and the claims of a second accuser, John Doe 2, who is also suing. And he says that more masseurs victimized by Travolta have been coming out of the woodwork.
"There's a bunch of accusers against Travolta who have similar accusations," Okorocha tells People. "Many have contacted me, and I'm still vetting their stories. More defendants might come forward soon."
Interestingly, Okorocha says that he and his client tried to settle the lawsuit privately and discreetly, but that Travolta's lawyers wouldn't negotiate.
"They left us with no other option but to file the lawsuit," he tells People.
Travolta's lawyer, Hollywood hotshot Martin Singer (whom you may remember defending Charlie Sheen during his 2011 meltdown), has called all of the accusations against the actor "absurd and ridiculous."