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Gloria Allred sued for allegedly poaching clients in John Travolta sexual harassment case


Actor John Travolta attends the Day Three Afternoon Four-Ball Matches of the 2011 Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne Golf Course on November 19, 2011 in Melbourne, Australia.


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It's not everyday that an attorney gets to sue a famous actor. Attorney Okorie Okorocha almost got the chance when two of his clients alleged that they were sexually harassed by famous actor John Travolta. But Okorocha now says that another attorney, Gloria Allred, stole his clients. Okorocha is suing Allred, and Allred is threatening to file a counter-lawsuit, Fox News reported

The trouble began on May 4, when an anonymous massage therapist filed a lawsuit on May 4, claiming that Travolta masturbated during a Jan. 16 massage session at the Beverly Hills Hotel, Reuters reported

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At the time, the accuser was being represented by Okorocha. A second accuser then came forward, and was also represented by Okorocha. But the first accuser's lawsuit was dismissed  after reports surfaced that he got the date of the encounter wrong. Photographs and a receipt showed that Travolta was in New York, not the West Coast, on Jan 16., Reuters reported.

Both of the accusers now have a new attorney: famous lawyer Gloria Allred.

Okorocha claims that Allred went after his clients while he was still representing them.  "I can't believe f--king Allred called you," Okorocha wrote in a text message to his former client, according to the complaint, viewed by E! News

Allred released a public statement announcing that she will file a counterclaim against Okorocha for defamation. She said that the two accusers contacted her first, reported. "We have the evidence to prove it," she said in the public statement.