Travolta tragedy blackmail trial opens

Travolta tragedy blackmail trial opens

A paramedic who treated John Travolta’s son shortly before he died in the Bahamas threatened to release private information unless the star paid 25 million dollars, a court heard today.

“Contact was made with certain persons to communicate a threat to John Travolta,” said Bernard Turner, chief prosecutor.

Ambulance driver Tarino Lightbourne and former Bahamas senator Pleasant Bridgewater, who allegedly acted as an intermediary, have pleaded not guilty to extortion.

Travolta is among the expected witnesses, but he was not in court as the case began

Police say the scheme involved a document related to the treatment of Jett Travolta, a chronically ill 16-year-old who died on January 2 following a seizure at a family holiday home on Grand Bahama island. It would have absolved emergency services from liability if the family refused an ambulance but police said that did not happen.

Police inspector Andrew Wells told the trial that after Jett was loaded into an ambulance, Lightbourne told him that Travolta wanted his son taken directly to the local airport instead of the hospital. Insp Wells said that Travolta signed a release form.

It was unclear why Jett Travolta was not taken to the airport and why the defendants allegedly believed the actor would pay to keep it secret.

Travolta, who has kept a low profile since his son’s death, is on a list of 14 witnesses who could be called.

Others include lawyers for Travolta as well as five police inspectors and detectives.

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