John Travolta's former pilot, who alleges he had a romantic relationship with the actor, dismisses claims that lawsuit is fuelled by money

A former employee alleged that he had a six-year relationship with the actor

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A pilot, who claims that he had a romantic relationship with John Travolta, has denied the actor’s allegations that the current lawsuit between the pair is motivated by money.

"What John Travolta said about me in a recent interview is an inaccurate description of what our court case is about," Gotterba told the Daily Mail.

Travolta said in an interview this week that the pending legal battle was about financial gain.

"This is every celebrity's Achilles heel," he said. "It's just about people wanting money. That's all. It happens on many levels."

At the start of the year, Douglas Gotterba alleged that he and the actor had enjoyed a sexual relationship when he was under his employment.

Gotterba worked for Travolta’s aircraft company, Alto, for six years before leaving voluntarily in 1987.

In June, Gotterba won the right to argue in a lawsuit that he holds no confidentiality duty to Travolta and should be allowed to sue to talk openly about his "personal and intimate"relationship with the actor.

"Our dispute is purely about declaratory relief and will be a non-monetary judgement," said Gotterba. "This is about the truth and my right for a court to decide who is telling the truth, not for Mr Travolta to make a judgement."

Travolta was also asked whether or not he found the claims offensive. However, he said that he found the media coverage of the death of his 16-year-old son, Jett, the most difficult to handle.

Jett Travolta died after suffering a seizure during a family holiday in the Bahamas in January 2009.

"I found it most offensive with the loss of my son," Travolta told The Daily Beast. "I felt like that was the lowest I’d ever felt. Sex stuff is always going to be interesting to somebody, but you stay away from family.

"You really should. With that, I always felt like the media - not all of the media, but parts of it - went too low there."