One night Marlon Brando arrived at a dinner party in Los Angeles with a bad cut on his leg. He explained that he had injured himself while helping a stranded motorist on the Pacific Coast Highway. Seeing that he was in considerable pain, fellow guest John Travolta announced that he had just reached a new level in Scientology and offered his assistance. As other party-goers watched with astonishment, Travolta instructed Brando to close his eyes and began to touch his leg. "I watched this process going on—it was very physical," James Brolin later recalled. "I was thinking, 'This is really f*cking bizarre!' Then, after ten minutes, Brando opens his eyes and says, 'That really helped. I actually feel different!'"
Travolta, through a lawyer, denied that the incident had taken place.