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John Travolta, who has been dogged by gay rumours for years, was recently seen on an intimate date with a male companion at the Ingleside Inn in Palm Springs, according to a new report.

The actor and his companion, according to Radar Online, rolled up to Melvyn's restaurant at about 3 pm on 12 July when the place was nearly empty, and they enjoyed having the place to themselves.

"They had the room all to themselves, which I think they enjoyed," Matt, the maitre d' at Melvyn's restaurant, told the media outlet. "I tried to twist their arm to get them to hang around a little bit for our Sunday jazz jam session, but I think they had another agenda."

The actor is all set to face off against his alleged lover Douglas Gotterba in court on 7 August. Travolta filed a suit against his former employee after Gotterba claimed in an interview with The National ENQUIRER that the duo became intimate in the mid-1970s and had a long relationship.

"John was gentle, but very passionate," the 62-year-old alleged, reported Radar Online. "The next day, he told me, with a big smile on his face, 'I really enjoyed last night.' And I told him, 'So did I.'"

The pair reportedly carried on their relationship for six years.

"I'd stay in the room next to John in luxury hotels," said Gotterba. "Sometimes he'd bring women along as beards. But he would ask me to join him in his suite and we'd spend the nights together. It was our little secret."

After these revelations, Travolta sued his former employee for breach of confidentiality, and presented a signed confidentiality agreement as proof. But, Gotterba's copy did not have a confidentiality claim, and he filed a counter suit in 2012, reports noted.

Recently, Travolta was a guest at an event to celebrate the kickoff of Buzz Aldrin's ShareSpace Foundation, a charity to boost science literacy in children by incorporating arts into science education, where the actor noted he was fortunate to share space with the Apollo astronaut.

He also gave Aldrin some pointers on dancing, and the actor seemed to have enjoyed the day away from all the rumours and gossip regarding his sexual orientation.

"To be here at the Kennedy Space Center, under a Saturn V rocket with an American hero like Buzz Aldrin, it's just quite a privilege," Travolta said at the event, reported Huffington Post.