A judge ruled this Tuesday that John Travolta cannot block his former pilot from filing a lawsuit which frees him to talk about their relationship during the 1980s.
Douglas Gotterba has alleged his relationship with Travolta ‘extended beyond’ professional grounds when he worked for Travolta’s aircraft company, Alto, for six years. In 1987, he entered a written termination with an alleged confidentiality provision. Gotterba claimed he wanted to “tell the story of his life and those involved in it,” but Travolta’s lawyer, Martin Singer, sent a cease-and-desist letter, warning he would breach his agreement with Alto by talking.
Gotterba claimed the confidentiality provision was part of an earlier draft of his termination, and the agreement is “not authentic.” California appeals court presiding justice Arthur Gilbert has now given Gotterba the green light to sue for the right to speak openly about his relationship with the actor and high ranking member of the Church of Scientology, which has been notorious for its anti-gay views and practices.
One of Scientology’s less talked about dark corners is its reputation for homophobia. It’s been well-known among Hollywood circles that Scientology demands that if celebrity members are gay, they have to keep quiet about it.
The Church did use the late Keith Relkin as a West Hollywood token gay guy in an attempt to clean up its anti-gay rumors, all the while preventing Relkin from the religion’s higher spiritual levels while he lived a gay lifestyle.
Read more here at the The Hollywood Reporter.