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Case Dismissed! John Travolta's Former Pilot Drops Lawsuit Over Gay Affair Claims -- Inside The Decision

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Aug. 7 2015, Updated 5:58 p.m. ET

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John Travolta scored a major legal victory this week against a man who claims he had a six-year gay affair with the actor. has learned that Travolta's former pilot, Doug Gotterba, asked a judge to dismiss his lawsuit against the star and the judge complied.

According to court documents obtained by, Gotterba asked Santa Barbara Superior Court Judge Donna Geck to dismiss his lawsuit against Travolta on July 31, one week before the case was scheduled to go to trial.

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On August 7, a court clerk confirmed to that the judge signed off on the order, and the case is dismissed with prejudice -- which means it can never be filed again.

As reported, Travolta brought his own lawsuit against Gotterba when the pilot claimed in a bombshell interview with The National ENQUIRER that he and Travolta became intimate in the mid-1970s and carried on an affair for six years.

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Travolta strongly denied the claims, and said Gotterba's allegations violated a confidentiality agreement he signed in 1987, but Gotterba insisted the document was not valid and filed this counter-suit in 2012.

The terms of the dismissal were not immediately available.

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