Apparently John Travolta may be more forward and creepy than we imagined. Two unnamed male masseurs have filed sexual assault lawsuits against the “Grease” actor alleging that he tried to have sex with them during a massage session.
The first masseur says the actor touched the plaintiff and himself inappropriately while the second claims Travolta asked his butt to be massaged then attempted to get plaintiff number two to touch his scrotum.
Travolta’s reps claim that the first masseur’s claims are completely fabricated but has not yet been reached about the second claim which just arose earlier today. Plaintiff one says he has proof and is asking for $2 million in punitive damages.
Check out some other crazy legal battles brought upon celebrities, theatres, production companies and more. Some of them might actually have some merit (check out the guy who filed a lawsuit against rising movie snack prices) but most are just completely ridiculous.
Michigan native Sarah Deming decided to sue the FilmDistrict, the distributors of the movie 'Drive,' because the movie trailer misled her into buying a ticket. She believed the resulting movie was nothing like she had expected from watching the trailer. Seriously.
Here were her points of argument:
- The trailer promoted the Ryan Gosling film as more of a 'Fast and the Furious'-type action flick which it definitely is not.
- ''Drive' bore very little similarity to a chase, or race action film … having very little driving in the motion picture.'
- ''Drive' was a motion picture that substantially contained extreme gratuitous defamatory dehumanizing racism directed against members of the Jewish faith, and thereby promoted criminal violence against members of the Jewish faith.'
But Deming didn't ask for much in the suit, just the cost of her ticket and to halt production of misleading trailers from that point on. Here's the trailer that caused all this mess:
In the height of her ridiculousness, Lindsay Lohan decided to sue E*Trade for a commercial parody they did about a 'milkaholic baby' named Lindsay that she believed was based on her wild days of partying and drinking.
She's not wrong.
Lohan sued the company for $100 million and demanded the commercial be pulled off the air.
Here's the reason LiLo's lawsuit is stupid: When the E*Trade commercial aired, everyone knew about the actress' crazy ways and E*Trade later slammed Lohan by saying that she had already damaged her own reputation way more than the commercial ever could have done. The matter was settled out of court.
Check out the LiLo-inspired commercial:
In her 2008 memoir 'Body Heat,' actress Kathleen Turner accused Nicolas Cage of getting arrested for DUI twice and for stealing a dog while working together on the 1986 film 'Peggy Sue Got Married.'
Cage, not being one to take accusation of him being crazy lying down, filed a libel suit in the United Kingdom against the actress, her book publisher and The Daily Mail, who ran the excerpt about the DUIs and dog-napping.
Even better, Cage actually won his suit. the British publishing company was ordered to print a correction on subsequent copies of Turner's book, Turner was told to apologise and The Daily Mail agreed to publish an apology and remove their article about the allegations.
And we thought battling the Joker was bad enough.
After the 2008 release of 'The Dark Knight,' the mayor of a town in Turkey called Batman sued Warner Bros and Christopher Nolan for using the city's name without permission.
Mayor Huseyin Kalkan was seeking royalties from the summer blockbuster. 'There is only one Batman in the world,
Paralegal Austin Aiken clearly doesn't understand the point of 'Fear Factor.'
In 2005, Aiken sued NBC and 'Fear Factor' for an episode that raised his blood-pressure, making him dizzy and lighthearted and causing him to hit his head into the door and vomit.
What happened on the episode in question? Contestants were required to eat rats that have been ground up in a blender.
As a paralegal, Aiken knew that the amount he was asking, $2.5 million, was ridiculous. But he had to put a number on it to punish the network for 'going too far.'
NBC responded by saying the claim had no merit. We agree and so did the judge. The case was thrown out.
Think the prices of popcorn and junior mints are too high at your local AMC theatre?
Well now you can join a class-action lawsuit created by Michigan native Justin Thompson. Thompson was enraged when his local AMC created a new rule saying no outside food or drink would be allowed in the movie showings.
But this case may have some merit as long as they stay in the confines of Michigan. The state has a Consumer Protection Act that prevents price gouging. So don't try to make this a nationwide revolution Thompson because in that scenario, you will lose.
Michael Alan Rubin filed a lawsuit against the makers of 'The Hangover 2' stating that many of the key plot points were stolen from a script he had written about his own adventures during his honeymoon to Thailand.
What we want to know is ... Which parts of that movie really happened? And more importantly, why would anyone admit that?
Rubin sued for copyright infringement, defamation and misappropriation of publicity rights.
Montana native Jack arse sued TV company Viacom in 2002 for plagiarism and defamation of his character due to the show 'Jackass' on Viacom's network MTV.
arse, who had changed his name 1997 from Bob Craft for some unknown, crazy reason, asked for $10 million because the TV show defamed a name he had created for himself.
Does he not know the colloquial definition for 'jackass'?
A small Winnipeg folk group, The Wyrd Sisters, sued Warner Bros for using the names 'The Weird Sisters' or 'The Wyrd Sisters' in any of their 'Harry Potter'-related products including movies, games, books, music and everything in between.
The group, led by Kim Baryluk, asked for $40 million in the suit which was started because a singing group with the same name is mentioned in the book 'Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.'
This suit threatened to derail the release of the fourth movie and caused millions of fans to become enraged at the ridiculousness of the situation. An Ontario court also rejected the claim to block the movie's release and ordered Baryluk to pay for Warner Bros legal costs. But finally, after 5 years of appeals, the matter was settled out of court.
The maker of Bee-otch Air Fresheners, Brooklyn native Alia Madden, sued Dreamworks and the Transformers team for using her air freshener without permission.
Apparently the Dreamworks team bought several air fresheners from Madden but did not obtain the rights to re-sell or use the bumblebee air fresheners in their film. But the argument was that the name 'Bee-Otch' was never featured in the film's air fresheners.
Madden asked for $850,000 in damages but the outcome has not been disclosed.
The two drunken fraternity brothers from 'Borat' sued the production company of the film for duping them into filming scenes for the faux-documentary.
In the lawsuit, the guys stated they 'engaged in behaviour that they otherwise would not have engaged in' in the film and that the production crew took the students out drinking before filming what they were told was a documentary that would be shown outside the U.S.
The men then made extremely racist and sexist remarks and were asked to sign a waiver that they were again misled to believe had to do with the RV where they filmed rather than the clips the crew would later use.
But the 'high five' would go to the 'Borat' team as the case was dismissed and the scene was kept in the film.
A California woman named Princess Samantha Kennedy (not kidding) filed a lawsuit against Paramount Pictures in February of this year for copyright infringement over the rights/re-release of the smash 1997 hit 'Titanic.'
The Princess claims that the movie was actually a rip-off of a biography about her own family. Kennedy wants all copies of the movie destroyed as well as all the money the movie has made.
If it wasn't already obvious that this lady might be off her rocker, Kennedy claims her sister is Rose (from the film), her father is Jack and her name is Princess because her mother told her she was related to the Queen of England.
And why didn't Kennedy find out about the infringement when the movie first came out in 1997? Apparently, she hasn't been to the movies since 1995.
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