The 60-year-old actor and icon John Travolta gets a lot projected onto him. He’s used to that–he’s been Vinnie Barbarino, Tony Manero, Chili Palmer and Vincent Vega, just for starters. Those characters are heroes to a lot of people. They are cultural touchstones, like Travolta himself. Now–and not for the first time–someone is projecting homosexuality onto Travolta.
So Travolta is presently engaged in a legal battle to keep a former employee’s alleged revelations about an alleged gay relationship with the actor from seeing daylight. Travolta contends the former employee, Douglas Gotterba, is bound by confidentiality. Gotterba denies that the confidentiality is binding and wants his right to speak openly about his time with Travolta, according to the Hollywood Reporter. One thing is absolutely assured: Travolta will have the more high-powered legal team. “This is every celebrity’s Achilles heel. It’s just about people wanting money,” Travolta told the Daily Beast. Of course, John Travolta’s sexual orientation is nobody’s business but his own, and those he cares to share it with. And to prove it, his lawyer Martin Singer has warned Gotterba to “proceed at his peril,” according to The Independent, noting that peril could mean “tens of millions of dollars.”