A new report has claimed that John Travolta had a six year gay affair with his pilot Doug Gotterba.
John Travolta is said to have had a long-term relationship with Doug Gotterba in the ‘80, before the actor’s marriage to Kelly Preston in 1991.
The claims are made in the new issue of the National Enquirer – by Doug Gotterba’s ex-boyfriend and John Travolta’s former secretary.
Doug Gotterba – now 60 – is not quoted in the article – but the publication claims he did confirm he worked for John Travolta “for six years in the 1980s”.
John Travolta’s one-time secretary Joan Edwards – who worked for the star from 1978 to 1994 – told the National Enquirer: “Of course I knew he [John Travolta] was gay. It never bothered me.”
Joan Edwards goes on to reveal that she knew Doug Gotterba – detailing how he started working for John Travolta, 58, in 1981. She adds that she is still good friends with Doug Gotterba.
The tabloid then quotes Doug Gotterba’s ex-boyfriend Robert Britz in the article – who the pilot had a relationship with post-Travolta.
Robert Britz makes a string of claims about John Travolta and Doug Gotterba, saying: “Doug told me right at the beginning of our relationship that he’d had a homosexual relationship with John Travolta in the 1980s.”
He goes on to detail how:
• Doug Gotterba showed him a home video of John Travolta with his shirt off
• Says Doug Gotterba would chauffeur the actor to gay sex stores
• Claims Doug Gotterba told him it was “lucrative” to work for John Travolta
Five years into the relationship, Doug Gotterba began to tire of John Travolta, apparently becoming repulsed by his habits, according to Robert Britz.
“Doug said that he hated sleeping with John because his body was very hairy and he didn’t like they way John smelled,” Robert Britz claims.
He went on: “John would also become very heavy between movies. Doug called him <<huge>> and said it turned him off.”
“After a few years, Doug grew apart from John sexually, and John’s advances eventually started to repulse him,” Robert Britz said.
He added: “The relationship ended shortly thereafter.”
The Enquirer claims John Travolta went to great lengths to cover up his fling and used actress Brooke Shields – who was just 16 at the time – as a smokescreen by going on a few dates with her in public.
In his 1997 biography, John Travolta: Back In Character, author Wensley Clarkson says the dates with Brooke Shields were set up by their agents.
Doug Gotterba, 60, is the owner of a private jet company near Santa Barbara, California.
John Travolta was hit with two lawsuits last month from masseurs claiming the actor made sexual advances towards them during massages – but one claim was later withdrawn.
A string of other people came out of the woodwork making similar claims.
John Travolta’s legal team strenuously denied the allegations at the time.