Actor John Travolta is in the news again for all of the wrong reasons. The "Pulp Fiction" star has had another man come forward with accusations of sexual assault against him. According to the report, a cruise ship employee claimed that the actor made unwanted advances toward him and offered him money to keep quiet. The star, who has been married to actress Kelly Preston since 1991, was previously accused of similar crimes by male masseurs before those cases were dismissed. Not surprisingly, his attorney has come out strong in denying the claims. "This is another ludicrous lawsuit with inane claims," says attorney Marty Singer. "It is obvious that Mr. Zanzi and his lawyers are looking for their 15 minutes of fame." Though John may end up being completely innocent, the fact the he has been accused of sexual assault puts him in an unflattering group of celebrities. Here are some other famous celebs that have dealt with accusations of sexual assault in recent years.
The two-time Super Bowl winning quarterback has been involved in a pair of high profile sexual assault cases. In 2009, Ben was accused of sexual assaulting a casino employee in a Nevada hotel. A year later, a woman came forward to accuse the star of assaulting her in the bathroom of a Georgia night club. In both cases, Big Ben managed to avoid criminal charges due to lack of evidence. Though he lucked out in that department, he was suspended by the NFL in 2010 because of his conduct.
The legendary singer, who passed away in 2009, dealt with multiple accusations of sexual crimes against children. After beating sexual abuse charges in the early 1990s, the star was back in court in 2005 after being charged with several similar crimes. After a 14-week trial, Jackson was acquitted and allowed to walk free. The second round of charges stemmed from a documentary that showed Jackson discussing sleeping arrangements with a young boy.
It isn't only famous men that get accused of sexual assault. In 2010, the pop icon had her name tied to the crime when a former bodyguard claimed that she made a number of sexual advances toward him. The lawsuit also claimed that the singer verbally abused him in public, leading to claims of emotional distress. This past march, Britney agreed to settle the case with her ex-employee for an undisclosed sum.
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