Radar Online published a police report from 2000 that reveals that actor John Travolta was accused of "sexual battery" by a male masseur. This isn't the first accusation of sexual harassment and assault made against the actor — several other masseurs and other men in similar positions have filed lawsuits against Travolta throughout the years. In the wake of the accusations against Harvey Weinstein, it has become clear that victims of sexual assault and harassment are being taken more seriously now than ever before and that finally these predators will be held accountable for their actions.
According to the bombshell police report released by Radar Online, John Travolta was accused of "groping a masseur's bare buttocks, exposing himself, and making lewd suggestions."
via: Getty ImagesThe accuser is an anonymous, 21-year-old masseur who was called to Travolta's hotel Palm Springs, California hotel room on February 15, 2000.
According to the report, Travolta kept moving the towel during the massage, exposing his bare buttocks and telling the masseur that "he was very attractive and that he had gotten him 'excited.'"
via: Getty ImagesTravolta asked the masseur to join him in the steam room "so he wouldn't be alone," and the masseur complied. That's when Travolta dropped his towel and began rubbing the man's inner thigh and bare buttocks. The masseur said he felt uncomfortable and decided to leave. As he was packing up his table, the actor made lewd remarks to the man about gay fantasies. After the masseur left Travolta, he made a report with the Palm Springs Sheriff's Department.
Though that police report was ultimately "closed unfounded" because there were no witnesses or other evidence, this is not the only accusation of harassment and/or assault against John Travolta.In May 2012, two John Doe masseurs filed two separate lawsuits against Travolta for similar incidents of sexual harassment. One month ago, masseur Marky Hutt, quoted in the above tweet, shared a powerful thread detailing his inappropriate encounter with the actor in a hotel room in Rochester, NY. Hutt claims Travolta tried to pay him off.
But that's not where the accusations end. In 2013, Gawker obtained a document allegedly showing that six people had accused Travolta of sexual assault.
via: Getty ImagesAdditionally, back in 2012, the New York Post reported that in the '90s, Travolta allegedly attempted to give his Grease co-star Jeff Conaway oral sex while Conaway was sleeping.
Travolta has been one of Hollywood's "open secrets" for years now, and it seems that the wall has finally caved in on him.
via: Getty ImagesNo matter how powerful these harassers are, they are not above the law and they are not above public scrutiny. Only continued vigilance will put an end to this extremely harmful cycle of abuse.