Pilot who claims to be John Travolta’s former gay lover denies case is ‘just about money’

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A male pilot who alleges he had a six-year long affair with John Travolta has hit back at the actor for claiming the case is “just about people wanting money”.

The Grease star is currently embroiled in a legal battle with former employee Douglas Gotterba, who plans to write a tell-all book alleging that he had a six-year relationship with Travolta in the 1970s.


Travolta opened up about the case earlier this week, saying: “This is every celebrity’s Achilles heel.

“It’s just about people wanting money. That’s all. It happens on many levels.”

Mr Gotterba has responded: “What John Travolta said about me in a recent interview is an inaccurate description of what our court case is about.

“Our dispute is purely about declaratory relief and will be a non-monetary judgement. This is about the truth and my right for a court to decide who is telling the truth, not for Mr Travolta to make a judgement.”

A  court ruled in July that Mr Gotterba can’t be stopped from pursuing legal action for his right to speak about his claims.

This means that Gotterba will be allowed to make his case in court, arguing that he has the right to speak about his alleged relationship with the 60-year-old Pulp Fiction star.

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