John Travolta may not have had many victories in the public eye over the past few months, but the actor had one in court today. A judge dismissed a defamation case currently pending against the Grease star because the negative remarks he made about author Robert Randolph came in a pre-litigation demand letter, which is protected by the First Amendment.

The back-and-forth began all the way back in 2010 when Randolph wrote a book and participated in a Gawker story that claimed Travolta engaged in homosexual acts in various Los Angeles saunas. The actor denied the story in totality via a letter sent through his attorney. In the correspondence, he also pointed out reasons the author lacks credibility including time spent in mental institutions and supposed brain damage.

According to E! Online, Randolph filed the defamation suit because he feels Travolta disparaged his reputation by sending the letter. He never got a book deal and was hoping to get some kind of financial restitution. That didn’t happen because, under the law, attorneys are allowed to send confidential letters in good faith when a lawsuit over published work is being considered.

It’s been one victory after another for Travolta since a group of masseurs filed lawsuits against the actor and watched them get dismissed earlier this summer, but even so, there’s likely still some lingering damage to his reputation.

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