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article imageTravoltas Victimized by Extortion Plot

By Carol Forsloff     Jan 27, 2009 in Crime
As if John and Kelly Preston haven't had enough tragedy, it turns out they were victimized in the Bahamas by people in the government.
Two Bahamian lawmakers are being held for questioning a in a plot to extort approximately $20 million from John Travolta after the actor's son died tragically in an accident this month. Two other people have also been questioned, including a paramedic and close friend of the Travoltas. One lawmaker, Sen. Pleasant Bridgewater, has been specifically accused of abetment and conspiracy to extort and has been released from custody on $40,000 bail. A paramedic, and a close friend of the actor also were in custody and being grilled about the case.
Tarino Lightbourne is a member of parliament and Obie Wilchcombe the former minister of tourism. Wichcombe is a friend of the Travoltas who had acted as a spokesperson after Jett Travolta's death in early January.
The Travoltas said that two blackmailers tried to extort what they said were "millions of dollars" to prevent the publication of a photo of their son that was taken as he was dying. Lightbourne is a paramedic who was reported to have taken a picture of the young Jett with his cell phone, something that the police issued a warning about, telling people that he is a dangerous person and should be approached cautiously because of it.
There were speculations about Jett Travolta before and after his death that he was autistic, creating considerable publicity for the Travoltas and causing them to have to issue statements about their son's health, denying that he had been autistic.
The alleged conspiracy was reported today
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