After spending the last several days blasting sexual battery lawsuits filed by anonymous masseurs, John Travolta's team is trying to shut down an even more shocking allegation.
In a statement to E! News, the 58-year-old actor's attorney Marty Singer is slamming a National Enquirer story that claimed Travolta once tried to perform oral sex on his "Grease" costar Jeff Conaway.
Conaway's longtime girlfriend, Vicki Lizzi, is quoted in the tabloid saying the purported encounter occurred in the early '90s at Conaway's residence. According to her account, the erstwhile Kenickie had been sleeping and was awaken by a groping Travolta. The alleged encounter, Lizzi claimed, severed a decades-long friendship between the two -- that remained estranged at the time of Conaway's death. The actor died last May from complications of pneumonia at the age of 60.
According to the Enquirer (the report isn't available online but has been excerpted by the New York Post), Lizzi said she became aware of the supposed incident via a suicide note left in 2006 when Conaway unsuccessfully tried to kill himself.
But Singer insisted nothing could be further from the truth, pointing out that Enquirer parent American Media Inc. has been driving the salacious coverage of Travolta in recent days.
"This spate of recklessly published tabloid stories is just part of a malicious tabloid agenda to boost lagging sales by running outrageous defamatory stories about my client sourced by people seeking notoriety or a payday," the attorney said.
Singer also attacked the credibility of Lizzi.
"Vicki Lizzi, the late Jeff Conaway's estranged girlfriend, has been a regular paid source for the [Enquirer and its sister publications] ... yet this is the very first time we are hearing this new outlandish story that is supposedly based on a 6-year-old notarized suicide note," he said. "Vikki Lizzi sold more stories than we can count to [Enquirer parent company] AMI publications both before and after Jeff Conaway died."
Lizzi did not return calls seeking comment.
The news comes amid turmoil in the two lawsuits filed against Travolta by the anonymous masseurs.
John Doe No. 1, who brought his case months after being the subject of Enquirer cover story for which he reportedly passed a lie-detector test, was dropped by attorney Okorie Okorocha earlier this week and yesterday retained high-profile lawyer Gloria Allred to represent him against Travolta.
Then this morning, Okorocha confirmed that he was fired by John Doe No. 2. "John Doe 2 has a new lawyer. Don't know who," the lawyer told E! News.
Last week, Okorocha said that there were other John Does seeking to bring cases against Travolta and the attorney insisted he still planned to bring those cases, though none have been filed.
For his part, Singer is seeking to have both men's names revealed and had been attempting to depose one of the masseurs today. With the legal switcheroo, that's not going to happen anytime soon.