John Travolta Legal Victory: Author of Book About Gay Bathhouses Must Pay Actor's Legal Fees

Robert Randolph had sued over Travolta attorney's portrayal of him in a cease-and-desist letter that was posted online

By Natalie Finn Dec 08, 2012 3:14 AMTags
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John Travolta's already pretty merry Christmas just got merrier.

A judge ordered a writer who had unsuccessfully sued Travolta and attorney Martin Singer for defamation to pay the actor's legal fees and court costs pertaining to the lawsuit, E! News confirms.

In a ruling issued today, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Malcom Mackey awarded Travolta $139,645.17.

"This legal fee award is another complete and total victory for Mr. Travolta," Singer said in a statement. "Anyone else who files a ridiculous lawsuit against him should expect a similar outcome."

Robert Randolph, author of a self-published book called You'll Never Spa in This Town Again that purported to spill the beans about gay bathhouse culture, filed suit against Travolta and Singer in June in response to their characterization of him in a cease-and-desist letter sent to, which had published excerpts of Randolph's manuscript in 2010.

Gawker had posted the warning letter from Singer after receiving it.

The defamation suit itself was dismissed by Mackey in September, the judge ruling that Singer's letter was a "protected pre-litigation demand letter."