What celebrities have been accused of sexual harassment stemming from a massage incident? From actors to athletes to politicians, these are all the famous people who have been accused of seeking more than a rub down while getting a massage.
John Travolta Accused of Assault & Sexual Battery
In May 2012, a John Doe male masseur filed a suit that John Travolta - one of Hollywood's most gossiped-about triple threats / Scientologists - tried to bed him after he was hired to do a massage. The suit for assault and sexual battery claims:
Travolta touched his scrotum and penis after having stripped in front of the masseur. ... [Travolta] continued to pursue the idea of sex with the man and later suggested that they have sex with a "Hollywood starlet in the building that wanted to have three-way sex and to be double penetrated. ... The star said he "got where he is now due to sexual favors he had performed when he was in his 'Welcome Back, Kotter' days."Travolta's team of Scientologist publicists called the allegations a complete fabrication.
But wait - this was only the beginning. Just 5 days later, another masseur piled on more accusations of assault, sexual battery, and also sexual harassment and infliction of emotional distress. This second plaintiff alleged that he was asked to do an in-room massage in an Atlanta hotel... and things got graphic:
John Doe No. 2 claims that Travolta had a "strange demeanor" and his eyes were bloodshot when he walked into the room, undressed and climbed on the table. The actor then, per the suit, pushed the sheet away, complaining that it was "sticky."
The complaint states that Travolta then proceeded to ask the masseur to pay special attention to his buttocks during the rub-down. The plaintiff claims that Travolta had an erection and-- I have to stop there. The rest of the report gets very NSFW. Read more saucy details here.
Travolta's PR machine went into overdrive defending the singer-dancer. TMZ reportedly obtained evidence that Travolta was in New York, not Los Angeles, on the day that John Doe #1 said he grabbed his junk. The proof comes in the form of an undated kinda blurry could-be-anywhere photograph and an unsigned restaurant bill with a large tip on it.
What do you say: Is Travolta off the hook? Or where there's smoke, there are flames? Is this the face of a guilty man?
Al Gore Called Sexual Predator, Lummox
After what should have been a routine massage session in October 2006, Molly Hagerty, a 54-year-old licensed practitioner in Portland, OR, came forward not once, but three times to say that former Vice-President Al Gore had sexually assaulted her. Not long after the release of his Oscar-winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth, Gore stopped in Hipster Centrale to deliver a speech on global warming. He stayed in the Hotel Lucia under a pseudonym and booked an in-room VIP massage through the hotel. Two months later, Hagerty filed a complaint that Gore made unwanted sexual advances. He denied the claims, and the plaintiff failed to show up for 3 interviews with detectives.
Two years after that, in January 2009, Hagerty came forward again and gave a super elaborate and detailed complaint (full transcript here). Choice excerpts:
...wrapped me in an inescapable embrace … and caressed my back and buttocks and breasts...Lorax?
He'd flung himself over like sandwich, and I had to use this whole part of me to pull the lower part. I was immediately saying, "Get off me, you big lummox!"
In July 2010, the masseuse made headlines a third time when she claimed to have DNA evidence on the black pants she was wearing during the episode. Tests were inconclusive.That same month, The National Enquirer reported that two other massage therapists - in Beverly Hills and Tokyo - made similar accusations against Gore. I don't know who to believe.
Brett Favre Sued for Sexual Harassment
Do you remember when Brett Favre fell from grace? It broke all of our hearts. First, in February 2010, former Florida State Cowgirl / New York Jets in-house sideline reporter Jenn Sterger shared some flirty text and pic messages she received from quarterback Brett Favre. Here was Favre's naked dong, and here was Favre masturbating in Crocs, and here was Favre holding his pecker while wearing the wristwatch he sported at the press conference when he announced his retirement...
While the public was still reeling, in October of 2010, two Jets massage therapists came forward with their own unwanted and inappropriate texts they had received from Favre. The man got around! What can he say? Chicks dig quarterbacks. If you've ever wondered how to delicately proposition two ladies for a threesome, take a cue from Favre's bold texts (cited in the lawsuit):
Brett here you and crissy want to get together im all alone.Kinda lonely tonight I guess I have bad intentions.Favre eventually admitted to sending voicemails - but not dick pics - to Jenn Sterger, and he was fined $50,000 for failing to cooperate with the investigation.
Todd Palin Linked to THAT Kind of Massage Place
It's hardly a surprise when a politician is said to have taken part in illegal or illicit behavior, but it can be fun when the accused is the politician's spouse. In March 2010, Shailey Tripp, a massage therapist in Wasilla, AK (just east of Russia) was arrested and charged with having a "house of prostitution." An anonymous email to The National Enquirer about the incident claimed that the reason she was arrested because she was having a noisy affair with Todd Palin, husband of Sarah:
According to the tenants in the building of her offices, they saw Todd come and go often and heard noises that sounded like someone was having sex.The Anchorage Police Department said they seized evidence about the case... and they also said none of it implicated Palin. They reportedly destroy a cell phone and a laptop anyway.When you're married to this who could blame him?