Saturday, May 12, 2012

Peninsula Hotel In Manhattan Banned John Travolta


According to a masseur (above) at the Peninsula Hotel in Manhattan, John Travolta was banned for three years from the hotel spa because of all the complaints the staff generated against John.

John always asked for a man and was banned after he kept trying to get the men to pleasure him. Apparently no massage therapist at the hotel was willing to massage him and people were quitting after the experiences with him so the spa just finally banned John. For three years. You know if it was someone other than John it probably would have been a lifetime ban and the police would have been called. If I'm a hotel guest and do the same thing to a therapist and try and pressure them to have sex and grope them and rub against them, you don't think the police will be called?

63 comments:

Momster said...

I've gone from, "I feel sorry for him since he's so deeply in the closet," to "get this entitled sexual predator off the streets" in a matter of days.

nolachickee said...

John must be the most aggressive mother fucker when he wants to get him some. I wonder if he can still pull off some of his famous dance moves while he's pursuing his prey.

angel said...

I think rather than ban him, they should simply refuse to provide him with massage services. Any hotel that doesn't at this point is equally responsible for his behavior imo.

Little Miss Smoke and Mirrors said...

It's really shocking to me he doesn't have more discretion and a way of finding masseurs who are, let's say, willing.

It's like he wants to get caught and be outed.

He absolutely sounds like a sexual predator.

SiG said...

Amen! My opinion of him has completely changed. Are there any decent actors???

SiG said...

Amen! My opinion of him has completely changed. Are there any decent actors???

Sherry said...

There are massuers who are willing to do this. What is with him hitting on professionals who don't? He must derive some sick thrill with coming on to unsuspecting men. He needs some help. OR maybe it is a smear campaign from Xenu. Something is NQR here.

SiG said...

Amen! My opinion of him has completely changed. Are there any decent actors???

SiG said...

Amen! My opinion of him has completely changed. Are there any decent actors???

Basil said...

At first this story sounded like a bit of fun celebrity gossip to me. The Travolta gay rumours have been circulating for years. Even before the internet we had the gossip mags such as the Star or the Enquiror (sp I know but I can't figure out how to spell it). But this thing that is going on with JT is starting to worry me

I don't think he is some sort of sexual predator as alot of comments are making him out to be. He may not be very good at cruising, but it allegedly seems he is asking grown men for sex, and these men have said no.

I hate to say this, but whatever caused this story to break out (and we knew shit like this about him for years), I am worried he is going to kill himself. Innocent or guilty, these accusations are enough to send anyone over the edge, especially someone who is in the closet and is scared of coming out.

And for the record, from what I have read, I don't think he has commited any crimes other than a bad way of coming on to someone.

And if CO$ is behind this (which I think they are) he doesn't have a safe place now to hide. Where is Kirsty Alley or Tom Cruise through all this? They have made no comment so obviously they have abandoned him.

Ellen said...

It seems like he is spiraling out of control....

Megley said...

I'm still thinking that if JT is NOT behind this, he's secretly relieved that it's out there now. Someone on another thread on this site said she gives Kelly a free pass, as if Kelly is oblivious to all this shit. She is as complicit in enabling JT's "secret" life as is the CoS and anyone else who turned a blind eye. I've really changed my opinion of Mrs. Travolta, and now I think she's got JT by the short hairs. That said, the longer this stays in the headlines, the more nervous Miscavige and CoS must be getting. This scandal, as it were, has the potential to bring down their little house of cards.

Wonder what's going on at the Celebrity Center these days?

just curious said...

Carrie Fisher "outed" john in a magazine interview 2-3 years ago.Basically,she said everyone in Hollywood was aware of John's sexuality so he needs to stop pretending.

david91 said...

Interesting:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/05/07/13-naughtiest-bits-from-the-masseur-lawsuit-against-john-travolta0.html

Lauren said...

Sherry, what an interesting thought. Maybe the CO$ is behind the whole thing...

selenakyle said...

It's a pity The Peninsula couldn't pass JT over some of Diana Jenkins' "people."

They all sounded willing as shit with that Room 23 business...

selenakyle said...

Oh, and:

fuck scientology.

angel said...

@david91, quite a list, although I'm pretty sure that man has been dropped by his attorney as discredited since JT's attorney produced documentation proving John was 3,000 miles away from the masseur on the day he alleges the incidents occurred.

Sherry said...

Look for COS to "cure" him. With all the brouhaha about gay marriage they need a poster boy and validation of their church. Then the mainstream religions will give it their blessings. Not a real original plot but then people think Danielle Steel is literature.

CarolMR said...

When did JT become gay? I remember when he had long relationships with the late Diana Hyland and Marilu Henner. Henner wrote about him in one of her books and she made it sound like they had a great sex life.

Liz said...

Since the beginning I thought it was possible the COS might be behind this, but it doesn't change the fact that John has a long history of cruising men at spas for sexual. It is completely wrong to proposition men at legal establishments for sexual favors. There's an imbalance power between the masseuse vs. a famous movie star. I'm sure masseuse's feel scared they will lose their job if they report the incident. Some bosses/organizations turn a blind eye to this type of behavior, and blame the employee. There are no excuses for this type of behavior.

Liz said...

Hyland and Preston are beards. JT is gay and always has been. He's not bisexual either. There is nothing wrong with being gay, but he does go out of his way to present an idyllic heterosexual image.

surfer said...

Sherry & Basil - I mentioned this yesterday. I thought it was rather telling how not a single friend, especially his CoS friends, had come to his defense. It's like they're hanging him out to dry.

The whole thing is rather sordid, and sad.

CarolMR said...

Liz, what about Marilu Henner?

DontRainOnMyPrada said...

That really inspired an unpleasant visual in my mind.... :/ ;)

DontRainOnMyPrada said...

Yeah, it seems like he gets off on the danger of it all...ugh.

it took forever said...

John hinted to friends that he wanted to leave COS after the whole incident with his late son, all of a sudden what has been known in secret for years is now BIG news, moral of the story don't f..k with COS

This too shall pass John, aint no shame being gay

MISCH said...

None of this makes sense, I know from my gay friends that there are masseur's who offer "release".....
John sounds like he wants to get caught...and has wanted too for a long time.

Nutty_Flavor said...

It's such a sad story, from every angle.

I really see it from both sides - first, from the side of the masseur, just trying to do his job, get paid and go home. As a businesswoman, I've had to deal with both direct and indirect come-ons over the years, and I still tend to leave company functions right after dinner, because late in the evening, when the alcohol kicks in, the men in suits start to get very friendly. I like my job, I like sex, and I don't want to mix them. It's not fair that the masseurs had to put up with this at work, and I disagree with the poster above that these were just failed come-ons. Travolta was making a physical grab, a physical assault. I certainly wouldn't putup with it.

But I feel bad for Travolta, too. His extreme beauty is gone and it seems like nobody wants him - not potential sex partners, not his wife, not his friends, not his 'church,' and apparently not much of the movie industry or his fan base, either. I can't remember the last time I saw him in a current movie.

I wonder where he is while all this is going on. At home in Florida?

Jason Blue Eyes said...

Good point surfer - even Mel at his craziest still had supporters - Jodie Foster, Danny Glover, RDJ. Methinks Travolta is a major, major prick. And in this town that is truly saying something.

car54 said...

I don't understand why he would risk this over and over when in his world there are plenty of ways to find men who would be happy to service him for a little cash. There has to be some reason to pull this--or this is being orchestrated--either he gets off on the risky behavior, or he is so arrogant he feels he is too rich or famous for anything bad to happen, or he wants out and he is making it happen....very odd behavior.

Jason Blue Eyes said...

I agree with you Nutty - but he did it to himself in many ways. If you're a prick you're going to alienate people. That's just the way it is. If you treat people as your own personal playthings to do your bidding on command you're going to wind up very, very lonely. Jennifer Lopez should be taking serious notes.

Sherry said...

Funny, I know someone who knows Marilu. Maybe I should ask her about said sexual relationship. Isn't she COS too? That would 'splain that.

Middle-aged Diva (Carol) said...

This particular story is just not credible, although I do believe JT is gay and has approached masseurs.

david91: quite interesting link. 8"? You can't tell me that there are no gay men out there who would turn down 8" of JT. I think he must get off on the straight guy-massage scenario.

Regardless, there's something more going on here. COS, fetish, mental issues--maybe all of it. Would love someone to get to the bottom of it.

Oh, and JT? just come out already. People already think you are, and anyway: Who cares.

Del Riser said...

I've said it before, I think John wants out of the closet, out of his marriage, out of CO$, just out of everything.
I thought he might make his move when Jet died, but Kelly announced her fake pregnancy right away, and was seen in public everywhere. He had to stay.
I think he has been unraveling for a long time.
I was for him living the life he wanted to live, but not if it's true that he's a pushy sexual predator. I'm sure there are plenty of men who would act any part he wanted, no need to push himself on those that don't play that game.

Elizabeth said...

When you read the accounts by the victims, John is not mean about it, he doesn't threaten, he's just super super persistent. If the masseur says they can't (legally) or won't do what John wants, he makes a different offer, or changes position and tries another approach. I don't think John sees this as being wrong because probably for every one that says no, a dozen said yes. One married guy even said he let John perform oral but when John wanted the same in return, the guy said he couldn't and left quickly. I do think John likes the challenge of persuading straight guys, like a game. He just doesn't see the other side of it.

That's not making an excuse for him, if we heard this from a non-celebrity, we wouldn't be saying half the empathetic things said so far.

Elizabeth said...

I do think Kelly knows about it absolutely and I think she believes his handlers can contain it because they have done so successfully so far.

I think the COS is not saying anything because it has the potential to grow beyond their ability to contain it. If they come out loudly against the victims and fifty more come out, they sound like the first Tiger Woods defenders. At first everyone said it was the women trying to make a buck. After the 20th, it sounded like he had skeletons falling out of every closet and there was no point in denying it anymore.

urban chaos said...

I don't doubt there's some truth to these allegations and I think we'll continue to see them.
JT is a celebrity that is used to being catered to- there's a power imbalance at play here and he's preying on that or the shock, it may be part of what arouses him.

People suggesting he's a nice guy so it must be some 'plot' to bring him down need to remember that predators of any and every form work this 'nice guy' and 'upstanding member of the community' image all the damn time. The facade some present versus what may happen behind closed doors can be vastly different!

Elizabeth said...

The first case sounded difficult to prove right from the beginning, not just the date, but because the guy worked from Craig's List and was willing to get in John's car. He provided details like the chef that made it seem possible though. But it's interesting that within a day or two of his case, the other's so quickly followed, like a dam that was just asking to be broken.

The attorney says he's been contacted by many many more and that I believe. It will depend on how much proof there is because the second and third look pretty solid, especially the second where the guy still works for the hotel and there are emails about it.

Liz said...

John may or may not be mean when he's refused, but does he think it's wrong? Absolutely. He wants what he wants and he doesn't care that he's putting these men in an uncomfortable position. Do they perform what he asks or do they risk losing their job? It must be weird having to report him to their bosses. Inexcusable.

Wil said...

Totally Team Momster. I am there myself. I felt bad for him because he seemed afraid to come out, probably for fear of what would happen to him career-wise and public respect-wise. But this?? Wow. No ..

UncleVanya said...

Oprah, Ms. Authenticity herself, regards Travolta as one of her closest friends. Obviously she sees nothing wrong with his behaviour and profound deception. She is as phony as he is. Two Aquarian creeps. Yuck!

Elizabeth said...

I didn't realize some of the masseurs sign confidentiality agreements. That has probably benefited John a great deal Here is the article on this and probably the reason this guy can talk now is because he no longer works there.

http://www.nydailynews.com/gossip/omg/john-travolta-inappropriate-behavior-tossed-peninsula-hotel-massage-spa-staff-article-1.1076925?localLinksEnabled=false

Syko said...

I think it's probably more of an ego thing for him than just trying to get laid. There are probably thousands of gay men who would happily service John for nothing, just because he's John Travolta. Fame is a huge aphrodisiac. No need to persist with guys who are not interested. Except if he does persist, and they give in, then it's a boost to his ego.

I feel kind of sorry for him. He needs to lay off the masseuses, but otherwise he's just sort of pitiful. Poor guy forced to live his entire life as something he's not, losing his child because of the insane cult he belongs to, trapped with seemingly no way out... suicide would not be a shock and I would hate to hear of that.

Steppy said...

Has the Peninsula Hotel confirmed the ban?
"Former" employees can say anything they want. Why is this guy a "former" employee?

L'auteur said...

I used to know a gay older man who would get off on trying to convince straight men to perform gay acts. While he was good looking (although in his 60's, still buff) and had plenty of opportunities to have gay relationships, he continued to pursue straight men. I ended our friendship after I heard his stories. Maybe John Travolta has the same issue...

FS said...

If we were reading a story about a member of Congress groping male masseurs, the words 'sexual predator' would be all over the place and there would be no sympathy. If this was a random male, grabbing women's breasts or touching their vaginas during massages, the police would have been called. For some reason, Travolta is getting a pass and I don't get it.

IF these stories are true, he is a predator. He's not just a fumbly closeted gay man who is bad at the pick up game, he's a predator. You cannot just grab people in certain places just because you feel like it, or you want the challenge or whatever. It disgusts me that businesses would rather cater to a celebrity or high roller than take care of their employees properly, I swear I feel like carrying a tape recorder every where I go now, for my own protection.

This industry (like so many others) protects its own. Dan Schneider is a predator, Travolta has been doing this for years out in the open apparently, Michael Landon was a functioning alcoholic and everyone catered to his needs, and so many many more stories like this (I've got a few about Elton John). It absolutely makes me sick. I wish someone somewhere would be their foot down and say enough, no more divas, no more criminals, no more covering for douchbags. There are plenty of talented actors out there, replace all the assholes already.

okay, deep breath. rant over. sorry.

MadLyb said...

The more I read about JT, the less I sympathize with his plight. Y'all were right a few days ago, and I defer to you. He is pretty much a sexual predator that has gotten away with it for decades because of his fame and wealth. But it turns out, you can't bribe Karma.

BTW, if my beloved Chow ever passes, dog forbid :( (may it never happen), I am so going to adopt a rescue Chihuahua and name her "Karma". Good Karma will lick your face with slobbery wet kisses. Bad karma will bite you in the ass.

Sherry said...

By the way, hey Angel! Interesting that our other "friend" hasn't chimed in on this one.

angel said...

Hiya Sherry! Thanks for the shout out. The same thought crossed my mind too. Glad peace continues to prevail. Even if she still believes every word she said (and she's entitled to be honest), she'd be delirious not have since questioned her approach.

Sherry said...

All I could think about was Carrie and her mom's concern about her "dirty pillows" at the end there. Crazay.. Do you think she was a little too into the sacraficial wine at that point?

astrogirl said...

"And for the record, from what I have read, I don't think he has commited any crimes other than a bad way of coming on to someone."

@Basil what didn't you think was bad about sexual harassment in the work place?? P

And @unclevanya, Oprah was toting John on her show, in preparation for her trip to Oz, he was supposed to fly the plane; then the pics came out of him kissing that dude on his plane and hey presto, John became a ghost. She never mentioned him again. When Oprah dumps you you know the rest will soon follow.

Barton Fink said...

I'm more and more convinced that there's got to be something behind these allegations, too. Kind of like "where there's smoke, there's schlong." And like Little Miss Smoke and Mirrors, I too wonder why he wasn't able to get his desires met by the army of professional sex workers who are waiting to do out-calls or in-calls at a moment's notice. I mean, if Madonna can pay young people to touch her, I'm sure Travolta can pony up some cash to the right places.

angel said...

lol Sherry. There are some evangelicals who seem to come by a manic state naturally. I think she may be one of them.

The Flower Girl said...

he was also banned from the Morongo Casino in California

surfer said...

Talk about the sh*t hitting the fan. Just had to share this - from Dlisted, by way of popbitch.

Which star, currently in the news, must have such a high opinion of himself that he needs to massage his ego quite frequently? He was, for quite some time, having sex with someone who worked professionally as his own lookalike. (Some of his more casual hook-ups too are said to have more than a passing resemblance.) (Popbitch)

Jerry said...

Speaking as a massage therapist and hotel spa manager with 20 years experience, a few thoughts…

I first heard these rumors about Travolta 15 years ago. The only thing surprising is that it took so long for them to come out {pardon the pun}.

My feeling about the $2 million lawsuits is that they're nothing more than a money grab. We've all had clients act inappropriately. If it goes too far, such as a client reaching for my testicles, you end the massage immediately and toss the guy out. In my case it bothered me for a week or two after that and was then forgotten. Not worthy of a lawsuit. If the hotel bans the client then you know they've got your back.

Michael Caputo is the name of the massage therapist pictured in Enty's post. When I looked at his website two monstrous red flags stood out to me. He headlines "M4M and male bodygrooming" which is typically an appeal to the gay male population and pushes away everyone else. You don't purposely limit your clientele like that unless you're making enough money from the people that come to see you. Despite what you think about massage therapy fees, unless they're super busy most massage therapists don't make a lot of money.

On his page labelled My Touch he has a picture of himself shirtless with his Calvins showing. This isn't just a red flag, it's bells clanging and whistles blowing. There's only one reason to do this and it ain't because you're gonna be upset if a John Travolta makes a grab for your danglies.

It wouldn't surprise me if Travolta or one of his people put Caputo up to this so they can point to his website and say, "see how provocative he is? This was consensual just as it was with the 20000 other massage therapists that have sued."

Liz said...

Very interesting ... I CAN believe this is a set up by Travolta or the COS to use these recent "lawsuits" to discredit ALL past/current/future masseur's (legitimate & otherwise). I also don't rule out the possibility this is a warning shot by the COS to rein in John's activity and/ attempt to leave the church. Unfortunately some people who can't accept John is gay will cling on to this information and claim ALL claims against him are false.

surfer said...

That's really interesting, Jerry.

Unless I'm missing something, this guy, Mike Caputo, isn't suing John, or even suggesting that he personally had dealings with him - he's just relating his experience from when he worked there.

Elizabeth said...

The point Mike Caputo was making in that article that I could see was, he worked for that spa for 16 years and was also aware of a three year ban against Travolta. He has no lawsuit, he just wanted to vouch for the reality of the complaints and didn't want the massage therapists to not be believed.

After working 16 years there he now works from home (and he calls himself "Magic Mike" haha). Here's the thing - this is the kind of masseur John should be using, a guy that seems to be saying that hand grabs are not a problem. Not the straight guy at a hotel that tells him no and he won't stop.

mngddess said...

<< When you read the accounts by the victims, John is not mean about it, he doesn't threaten, he's just super super persistent. >>

Elizabeth, I don' think "super persistent" involves JT grabbing the masseur's crotch..

One thing about JT - he seems very nice, but has a super-huge ego. Back when I watched Oprah, I remember JT telling a story about getting a flat tire in an LA neighborhood. One of the homeowners generously changed the tire, and as payment, JT offered him a signed photo of himself. Really? I've always thought he was a bit creepy. He probably thinks the masseurs should be grateful he's letting them touch his body..

Barton Fink said...

The NY Daily News identifies Caputo as a "former Peninsula masseur," which seems to imply that he massages people's peninsulas. Or did. Or would.

Sherry said...

@Barton; lol!