John Travolta comes out of hiding

2012-06-09 08:30

London - John Travolta has made his first public appearance since being accused of sexual harassment.

The Pulp Fiction star is thought to have been hiding out at a vacation home in the Bahamas since being accused of sexual misconduct from a number of male masseurs but he put on a brave face on Thursday night to honour actress Shirley MacLaine as she received the 40th AFI Life Achievement Award.

Taking to the stage in a black tuxedo, John appeared calm and composed as he made a speech in front of guests including Jennifer Aniston, Julia Roberts, Katherine Heigl and Meryl Streep.

New claims have emerged
He said: “Several years ago, Warren Beatty was talking about a young actress. And I said to him, ‘What was she like?’

And he said, ‘She filled the room with presence like I’ve never seen before.’

And I said, ‘You know your sister, Shirley? She fills the room with presence’.

She fills the world with presence like no one I’ve ever seen before. And that’s my Shirley. And I love you.

“Shirley MacLaine is first a dancer, and when you move from Broadway to film to television to writing to directing, you have to move to these things with the grace of a dancer. To train and push harder than you ever thought you could.”

John was among a number of stars, including Jack Nicholson, her brother Warren Beatty, and Morgan Freeman, in paying tribute to Shirley, 78.

Travolta reportedly jetted off to a vacation home in the Bahamas with wife Kelly Preston and children Ella, 12, and 18-month-old Benjamin to ride out the sex scandal, although new claims have emerged in the past few days that he enjoyed a six-year gay affair with a male pilot.


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