John Travolta Denounces Sexual Battery Lawsuit as ‘Fiction’

John Travolta

Juan Rico//Fame

updated 05/07/2012 AT 9:50 PM ET

originally published 05/07/2012 AT 6:30 PM ET

John Travolta is the subject of a $2 million lawsuit by an anonymous plaintiff who claims that the actor assaulted and sexually harassed him after he was hired to massage the actor.

A rep for Travolta strongly denies all the claims and says the actor intends to countersue the masseur, identified as John Doe in his court filing, and his attorney for malicious prosecution.

The 14-page suit, filed Friday in California’s U.S. District Court, charges Travolta, 58, with assault, sexual battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

According to the complaint, Travolta exposed himself and groped the masseur despite the masseur’s protests, among other salacious activities, in Los Angeles in January 2012.

“This lawsuit is a complete fiction and fabrication,” Travolta’s rep tells PEOPLE in a statement. “None of the events claimed in the suit ever occurred. The plaintiff, who refuses to give their name, knows that the suit is a baseless lie. It is for that reason that the plaintiff hasn’t been identified with a name even though it is required to do so.”


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