John Travolta is back in the news again as a man has come forward today, August 29, 2012, and stated he had a six-year affair with John in the 1980s. Doug Gotterba is supposedly writing a tell-all book about that affair. Is that why he’s speaking out now?
Doug Gotterba, 62, is John Travolta’s former pilot. Gotterba claims he met Travolta in 1981 when he interviewed for the pilot position. He further claims that Travolta began courting him shortly thereafter and the two ended up in a six-year affair.
The 58-year-old actor has been plagued by accusations that he is gay for a long, long time. Earlier this year, two men sued Travolta with accusations that he came on to them with unwanted advances and he offered them money to shut up. There was another lawsuit filed in 2009, in addition to the two filed earlier this year. Travolta’s lawyer, Marty Singer, has vehemently denied both plaintiffs’ accusations.
“Not one penny has been paid nor do we have any intention to pay any money for these ridiculous and false claims,” he told The New York Daily News in a statement.
John Travolta married actress Kelly Preston in 1991. Preston had been romantically linked to George Clooney and engaged to Charlie Sheen before she married Travolta.
John and Kelly met on the set of “The Experts” in 1987. The movie was a bomb, going straight to video, but the relationship blossomed. She was two months pregnant with son Jett when they married. Sadly, Jett died from a seizure at the age of 16. The couple have two other children, Ella and Benjamin.
One of Doug Gotterba’s juicy tidbits is that after Travolta married Preston, he asked John if he still preferred men and John replied in the affirmative. He claims that was the last time he saw him.
I guess the question here is why is this a scandal? In today’s world, what’s the big deal? If, in fact, Travolta is gay or bisexual, it’s his business. It’s not a taboo subject anymore. The lawsuits claim harm due to the nature of the encounters, but the fact that it’s men with men shouldn’t shock anyone.
John Travolta is a fine actor and, from all accounts, an excellent, caring father to his children. Why his sexuality keeps being called into question is a mystery. He is what he is.
If it’s proven he did something illegal, fine, but just because he seemingly doesn’t want the world to know what he does in the privacy of his own bedroom is not a reason to keep dragging his name through the mud.