John Travolta

A judge has ruled that one of John Travolta’s former employees and alleged lover is allowed to challenge a confidentiality clause stopping the release of his tell-all book.

Doug Gotterba (64), who was Travolta’s pilot for six years, claims to also have been the star’s lover during his employment in the 1980s.

His plan to write a book about the alleged affair has been blocked by Travolta’s lawyers who have tried to enforce a confidentiality clause in a disputed 1987 termination agreement.

On Tuesday, a California appeals court ruled in favour of Gotterba and allowed him to continue to challenge the validly of the agreement, potentially bringing the book’s release a step closer.

Gotterba has previously described Travolta (60) as a “gentle but very passionate” lover.

He told the National Enquirer: “Sometimes he’d bring women along as beards, but he would ask me to join him in his suite and we’d spend the nights together. It was our little secret.”

Travolta was the subject of allegations of sexual misconduct with two masseurs in 2012. The actor has repeatedly denied all the claims. One of the men later dropped his accusations after it was shown that the star was not in the same city on the date of the alleged incident.

Travolta has been married to actress Kelly Preston since 1991 and has had three children; one of whom died of a seizure in 2009.

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