A morning mix of entertainment-related headlines ...
John Travolta’s rep says the “Grease” star is planning to countersue a masseur who has anonymously filed a $2 million lawsuit accusing Travolta of assault and sexual harassment. The case, filed in California’s District Court, claims Travolta hired the man, identified as John Doe, for a massage, then groped the masseur against his will, among other accusations. The suit alleges that Travolta engaged in assault, sexual battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress. The actor denies those claims. “The lawsuit is a complete fiction and fabrication,” his rep tells People magazine, adding that Travolta was not in California on the date the masseur alleges the incident occurred. (People)
Supermodel Linda Evangelista and Francois-Henri Pinault , French businessman and husband of Salma Hayek, reportedly settled their child support fight. The Manhattan Family Court trial regarding how much Pinault should contribute to assist with the upbringing of his and Evangelista’s 5-year-old son Augustin will now come to a close. The details of the settlement, which have not been disclosed, will be presented today to a magistrate. According to legal documents, Evangelista has been spending $46,000 a month on expenses for the boy, who was born in 2006 after Evangelista and Pinault had a brief relationship. (Associated Press)
The Post’s Monica Hesse reports on Prince Harry’s visit to Washington: “The last time the British were in town, in March, we held a state dinner and presented them with guest George Clooney. In turn, they have sent us Prince Harry. Special relationships are built on such cultural exchanges.” (Washington Post)
Sacha Baron Cohen held a news conference in New York yesterday as his character from “The Dictator,” His Excellency General Admiral Aladeen. Among other things, he said he would financially support Mitt Romney in the presidential race (“He has the makings of a great dictator”) and that if all the members of the media in attendance wrote “good reviews,” then their families would be released.
NBC has picked up “1600 Penn,” a comedy set in The White House and co-written by Jonathan Winer of “Modern Family” and former White House speechwriter Jon Lovett. It joins other newly acquired shows, including Ryan Murphy’s “The New Normal” and a J.J. Abrams drama called “Revolution.” (The Hollywood Reporter)
Johnny Depp makes his first-ever appearance today on Ellen DeGeneres’s show and explains that, as we all suspected, his Willy Wonka was based on what George Bush would be like “incredibly stoned.” (“Ellen”)