Welcome to the Smart Set. Every morning we bring you the gossip coverage, filtered. Today: Another anonymous masseur comes out of the woodwork with a story to tell about John Travolta, Sofia Vergara is single, and Pippa Middleton may soon be a New Yorker.
A second masseur is suing John Travolta for allegedly being overly handsy with him. In legal papers obtained by TMZ, Masseur 2 claims Travolta "grabbed his genitals and masturbated during a massage session on January 28th at an unidentified Atlanta spa resort. " It's unclear from that description whose genitals were being grabbed, but suffice it to say, there was some (alleged!) pawing of the netherregions going on. Travolta's legal pit bull™ Marty Singer says the new claims are ""absurd and fictional," just like the lawsuit Anonymous Masseur 1 filed on May 4 that accuses the actor of "rubbing the masseur's leg" before working his way north. In a statement, Singer vowed Travolta would be "fully vindicated in court on both of these absurd and fictional claims." (Court? Really? Well, should make for an interesting trial.) [TMZ]
Pippa Middleton apparently is now weighing a move to New to "rebuild her reputation" after that whole gun-waving fiasco. She had been planning to relocate to Paris (glamorous) but a source says that's now "off the list" and she has her mind set on autumn in New York (lovely), which would coincide nicely with the stateside launch of her book in October. [The Royalist]
Sofia Vergara has joined the ranks of the single ladies after splitting with Nick Loeb, her boyfriend of two years. Sources are -- presumably sympathetic to Loeb -- suggest the relationship "stumbled under the pressure of her growing fame and popularity," as opposed to normal couple-y things. [Page Six]
There was much sulking at the James Beard Foundation restaurant awards Monday after Jim Meehan's PDT won the award for Outstanding Bar Program. This did not sit well with Audrey Saunders of the Pegu Club, who a source says "shocked...she stormed out, went backstage and was bitching about it.” [Page Six]
The search to replace New York Times CEO Janet Robinson reportedly is narrowing in on two names: Wall Street Journal publisher Gordon Crovity and Alan Spoon, formerly president of Newsweek. "Most Times watchers," per New York Post media columnist Keith Kelly, "think the company needs to name someone with deep digital experience to impress Wall Street." [New York Post]
Fox News -- which has been on an extension spree of late -- has extended the contract of anchor Brett Baier. The new, improved deal will keep him on the network through the 2016 elections. [Media Decoder]
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