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The sexual battery case against John Travolta is moving forward, and lawyer Gloria Allred is in the driver's seat. The controversial civil rights lawyer is now representing both of the masseurs who are accusing Travolta of sexually harassing them during massages. Meanwhile, two more alleged accounts of Travolta's horndog behavior have hit the press -- one of which involves a famous male costar.
On Wednesday, we learned that John Doe No. 1, the man who filed the original lawsuit against Travolta, had dropped his claim, fired lawyer Okorie Okorocha and hired Allred (who has a history of bringing civil suits against celebrities who abuse their power). On Thursday, Allred released a statement announcing that the second accuser, John Doe No. 2, had followed suit.
"We believe that the lawsuit should be filed in another court and, therefore, the lawsuit that was on file was dismissed without prejudice," said Allred, explaining why the original lawsuits had been dropped. "We will be conferring with our client regarding what will happen next in this case."
Both John Does claim that Travolta groped them and tried to coerce them into sex during private massages. Both originally sought $2 million in damages.
Since the lawsuit first hit the news, two other men, a former hotel masseur and a cruise ship employee, have come forward to accuse Travolta of similar behavior (though neither has taken legal action). A new story in the National Enquirer now adds two more accusers to the mix -- one of whom claims that Travolta sexually assaulted his late Grease costar Jeff Conaway.
Conaway's former fiancee, Vikki Lizzi, told the tabloid that Conaway ended his longtime friendship with Travolta in the 1990s, after he woke up to find the actor performing oral sex on him. Lizzi says that the actor shared the story in a suicide note, written before a failed attempt in 2006. (Conaway died last year at age 60 of pneumonia, complicated by a history of substance abuse). At the time, Travolta reportedly told Conaway that his marriage to Kelly Preston was "an arrangment."
"Jeff said that Kelly knows that John is gay, and that's why she's OK with it," Lizzi told Star magazine in a separate interview.
The Enquirer also interviewed yet another massage therapist, a man named Luis Gonzalez, who said that Travolta came onto him during a massage -- and that he willingly had sex with the actor.
"He's a great kisser," Gonzalez reportedly gushed. "Travolta may not identify himself as a gay man, but it doesn't dismiss the fact that he likes sex with men... and he's experienced at it. I know because I had sex with him, and he loved it."
RadarOnline has also published a secondhand account from another accuser, a personal trainer who says that Travolta "groped and fondled him against his will" during a private gym session.
The tabloid account is Star and National Enquirer should, of course, be taken with a grain of salt -- and Travolta's lawyer Marty Singer continues to vehemently deny the allegations.
"This spate of recklessly published tabloid stories is just part of a malicious tabloid agenda to boost lagging sales by running outrageous defamatory stories about my client sourced by people seeking notoriety or a payday," Singer said in a statement.
As of right now, no one is actively suing Travolta -- but as a rule, you don't hire an attorney like Gloria Allred if you're not planning on taking legal action. Either the John Does will reach a private settlement, or Travolta has a courtroom in his future.