It’s been a rough two weeks for John Travolta after facing two sexual assault lawsuits, but now we know John Truesdale is a name of one of the accusers. Travolta has always claimed his innocence and called the allegations bogus.
The New York Daily News unearthed the identity after its reporters tracked down the Mandarin Oriental Atlanta hotel employee in Georgia.
Truesdale is a 250-pound masseur and certified black belt who recently hired Gloria Allred as his lawyer.
“I thought I was supposed to be anonymous,” Truesdale said as he posed for a photo near his Smyrna, Ga. home. “The paparazzi are here for me? I can’t believe it,” he continued, breaking out into laughter.
Aside from cracking a few jokes, the 40-year-old masseur kept mum about the situation at hand, declining to talk to reporters about his claims that Travolta stripped naked and humped a massage table in front of him, among other things, in a private hotel suite back in January.
“I can’t talk about [the case],” Truesdale said. “I’m not allowed to give any comment.”
Allred released a statement to E! News today regarding the former high school football player’s identity, saying, “I can confirm that we do represent Mr. Truesdale, and that we have great confidence in him. We are conferring with him regarding the next course of action in this matter. Neither our client nor our law firm have any other comment at this time.”
Allred also represents the first accuser, whose identity has not yet been released.
Truesdale had originally sued the Pulp Fiction star for $2 million for sexual battery on May 8, but withdrew the case Thursday.