Travolta Requests Halting Extortion Retrial
Two-time Academy Award nominee John Travolta has decided not to pursue anymore an extortion case related to the death of his only son last January 2009 in the Bahamas saying that testifying in the trial would still bring back painful memories.
“The long pending status of this matter continued to take a heavy emotional toll on my family causing us to conclude that it was finally time to put this matter behind us. Therefore, after much reflection I concluded that it was in my family’s best interest for me not to voluntarily return to The Bahamas to testify a second time at trial,” said the statement from the actor.
The case involves Bahamas Parliament member Pleasant Bridgewater and paramedic Tarino Lightbourne. They are accused of extorting 25 million dollars from the actor. Story goes that if the actor does not pay, they will release a refusal to transport document, a document that the actor has signed at first because he did not want his son treated at a local hospital. As an experienced pilot, he was planning to fly out his son at a hospital in Florida.
The actor and his wife, Kelly Preston, decided to bring their son while in the ambulance to the local hospital instead of flying him out. It was in the hospital that he was told that his son was no longer alive.
Travolta believes that releasing the document, if he did not pay, might imply that the death of his son was intentional and that he was culpable somehow.
The accused pleaded not guilty and maintains to this point that they are innocent.