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    John Travolta and the $29m extortion trial
    September 22, 2009 - 11:51AM

    Jury selection has begun in a trial that could see Hollywood star John Travolta take the stand against two people accused of trying to extort $US25 million ($29 million) from him following his son's death in the Bahamas.

    Travolta is on a list of 14 witnesses against the defendants - a former Bahamas senator and an ambulance driver - who allegedly targeted the actor and threatened to release a document related to the treatment of his chronically ill son Jett.

    They are accused of demanding money in exchange for not publicising the document.

    The Travolta case began with an extortion complaint the actor filed with Bahamas police in January, days after his son died at a family vacation home on Grand Bahama island on January 2.

    Jett Travolta had a history of seizures and was found unconscious in a bathroom.

    A Bahamas undertaker said the death certificate listed "seizure" as the cause of death.

    Travolta, 55, skipped the publicity tour for his latest film, The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3.

    He posted a note on his personal website in June thanking his co-stars for their efforts to promote the picture, which gave the family additional time to grieve.

    Prosecutors declined to say when Travolta might testify or whether he is in the country.

    Former Senator Pleasant Bridgewater and paramedic Tarino Lightbourne, who was among those who tried to revive Jett after he collapsed, have pleaded innocent to charges including conspiracy to commit extortion.

    Before the start of jury selection, defence lawyers argued unsuccessfully for a delay, saying they needed more time to press prosecutors to hand over evidence.

    A hearing is scheduled before another judge on Wednesday on their request for materials that reportedly include recordings of the defendants' conversations with a lawyer for Travolta.

    The pair allegedly threatened Travolta with a document that would have released emergency responders from liability if the family refused an ambulance.

    However, police said that did not happen in Jett's case. It is unclear why the pair allegedly believed Travolta would pay to keep the document from being released.

    Both defendants have been free on bail.

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    I was just wondering what happened to the alleged extortion. So the prosecutors haven't handed over evidence to the defence? Sounds like they're setting an even playing field for the case Part of my cynical ass thinks that Scientology made up this whole extortion sham to deflect attention from the murky details around Jett's death. I hope the media keeps an eye on this case.

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    ^ I certainly will.
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    Well, it started!

    In what will no doubt go down as the second most difficult day of his year, John Travolta took the stand this morning in the trial of two Bahamians allegedly involved in a $25 million extortion plot against his family.

    A grim Travolta and Kelly Preston arrived at a Bahamian courthouse this morning escorted by a fleet of security.

    The actor took the stand and immediately began revisiting the moments before his 16-year-old son Jett's death on Jan. 2.

    Jett's nanny awakened Travolta and Preston at roughly 10:15 a.m., the actor said, informing them that Jett was unconscious in his bathroom.

    "I ran downstairs with my wife to help my son," Travolta recalled, adding that when he got to him, one of the boy's caretakers was already performing chest compressions.

    The actor quickly jumped into action and began administering CPR to his son, whom he also acknowledged on the stand suffered not only from Kawasaki disease, but from autism as well.

    "Jeff, the other nanny, was doing some compressions," he said. "I was doing the breathing."

    After a brief lunch break, Travolta returned to the stand and for the first time admitted that the long-time speculation was true about his son's condition.

    "He was autistic," he said. "He suffered from a seizure disorder."

    Travolta said his son suffered seizures every five to 10 days and that each seizure lasted around 45 seconds. Jett would usually sleep for 12 hours after an episode.

    Opening arguments kicked off yesterday, with the Bahamian chief prosecutor wasting no time getting to the heart of the matter.

    "Contact was made with certain persons to communicate a threat to John Travolta," Bernard Turner said, referring to codefendants Pleasant Bridgewater, a former senator, and Tarino Lightbourne, an ambulance driver, who together are alleged to have attempted to extort $25 million from the grieving star.

    At the root of the case is a refusal-to-transport document: The trial's first witness, police inspector Andrew Wells, said Travolta requested that Jett be taken directly to the airport rather than the hospital—the reasoning likely being that he could just as quickly get his son medical treatment in the U.S. as on the island—and signed a release form stating just that.
    In the end, Jett was taken directly to the hospital after all. It's unclear what accounted for the change in decision or why the threat of publication of the signed document seemed like a good bargaining chip for the alleged extortionists.

    The second witness to take the stand yesterday, paramedic Derrex Rolle, testified that Jett was already unresponsive when the emergency services arrived at the actor's vacation home.

    The trial is expected to last three weeks.

    Emotional John Travolta Recounts Attempt to Save Son - E! Online

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    Wait a minute? He preferred to have his son flown to the US to get medical help (after having chest compressions) instead of going to a local hospital? I realize hospitals there aren't top notch but that sounds really really fishy. If your child needs immediate medical help, why would you go the longer route??

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    ^Yea, it's weird. Gotta be more to this story.

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    1. Travolta the Scientologist finally admits his son suffered from autism, a
    medical condition that is not acknowledged by his cult. Interesting.
    2. Very fishy that he would rather risk losing his son in mid air by transporting
    him to a better medical facility, than to get him medical help nearby to
    stabilize him (if that was at all possible - remember there have been reports
    that they found the boy's "body"), before deciding to move him to a better
    facility. Hmmm.
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    I think the story was, the closest Bahamian hospital was over an hour away, so transporting him back to FL via jet was considered.

    Don't quote me on that, but it's what I seem to remember.
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    After a brief lunch break, Travolta returned to the stand and for the first time admitted that the long-time speculation was true about his son's condition.

    "He was autistic," he said. "He suffered from a seizure disorder."
    Wow. Wonder how $cientology feels about that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trixiebelle View Post
    I think the story was, the closest Bahamian hospital was over an hour away, so transporting him back to FL via jet was considered.

    Don't quote me on that, but it's what I seem to remember.
    I recall the same and also have heard that many who live in the Bahamas, and have money, prefer to be airlifted to Fl hospitals since they are often closer and have much better care.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trixiebelle View Post
    I think the story was, the closest Bahamian hospital was over an hour away, so transporting him back to FL via jet was considered.

    Don't quote me on that, but it's what I seem to remember.

    I heard that too. But I wonder why the extortionists would think John would pay 25M to keep that quiet?

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    Oh man, I wonder if it is true that he broke from Scientology. They have got to be pissed that he admitted that Jett was autistic - a "state of mind" much like AIDS (fuckers). I hope he has made a break and I hold out hope that he will speak out against this cult.
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    I get the sense that he's finally woken up to the Co$ and realises how toxic they are. This can't be good for his marriage because Kelly Preston is a rabid Co$bot. All we need now is for JT to come out and he will finally be free.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lurkur View Post
    Wow. Wonder how $cientology feels about that.
    He'll pay.

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    I think Jett was dead by the time they reached him so it was a question of what to do next - not really to revive him. It's very sad.

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