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Nov 9, 2009
Travoltas have 'own way' of coping after death of son — USA Today
Oct 30, 2009
Scientology faces multiple setbacks within one week // The past few days have not gone well for the secretive religion known for its celebrity followers — The Guardian (UK)
Type: Press
Author(s): Andrew Gumbel
Source: The Guardian (UK)
Most religious organisations can weather a high-profile defection or two. Many might successfully explain away a fraud conviction in a foreign criminal court, or deal with the spectacular suicide of a member, or muddle through a less than stellar public performance by a prominent spokesman. Rarely, though, does a religion have to face up to all these challenges in the same week. The past few days have been little short of a nightmare for Scientology, the strange, secretive religion that thrives ...
Oct 23, 2009
Nighline: How Scientology attracts celebrities — ABC News
Oct 22, 2009
Retrial ordered in John Travolta extortion case — The Times (UK)
Type: Press
Source: The Times (UK)
A Bahamanian politician blamed a misunderstanding yesterday for the sudden collapse of the trial of two people accused of trying to extort $25 million from actor John Travolta. A Bahamanian Supreme Court judge declared a mistrial on Wednesday just two hours after the politician, Picewell Forbes, announced at his party’s annual convention on live television that one of the accused had been cleared - even though jurors were still deliberating. Tarino Lightbourne, an ambulance driver, and Pleasant Bridgewater, a lawyer and ...
Oct 22, 2009
Travolta hoped end of trial would bring closure / Actor upset over mistrial, wanted to begin healing process, attorney says — People magazine
Oct 21, 2009
Defence attorneys attack credibility of key witness — Tribune (Bahamas)
Type: Press
Author(s): Natario McKenzie
Source: Tribune (Bahamas)
DEFENCE attorneys in the attempted extortion trial of ex-PLP senator Pleasant Bridgewater and former ambulance driver Tarino Lightbourne yesterday attacked the credibility of a key prosecution witness and told the jury that their clients were the victims. "This case that the prosecution has brought to you, is like a jigsaw puzzle and they have asked you to put it together," Bridgewater's attorney Murrio Ducille told the nine-member jury. Continuing his closing submissions yesterday, Mr Ducille told the jury that one of ...
Oct 21, 2009
Shurland: where's the evidence? — Nassau Guardian (Bahamas)
Type: Press
Author(s): Juan McCartney
Source: Nassau Guardian (Bahamas)
Comparing the attempted extortion trial of ambulance driver Tarino Lightbourne to the absurdity of Alice's trial in Lewis Carroll's Alice's Ad-ventures in Wonderland, Light-bourne's attorney Carlson Shurland yesterday emphatically asked a Supreme Court jury, "where's the evidence?" against his client. "The facts will show, will demonstrate unequivocally that Tarino Lightbourne never committed a crime and should be acquitted of the charges," Shurland said. "Tarino Lightbourne was manoeuvred, was cornered, and he is a victim." Lightbourne and former Senator Pleasant Bridgewater are ...
Oct 20, 2009
Chief Prosecutor: Pleasant Bridgewater was not set up — Nassau Guardian (Bahamas)
More: thenassauguardian.com
Type: Press
Author(s): Juan McCartney
Source: Nassau Guardian (Bahamas)
In his final submissions in the attempted extortion trial of former Senator Pleasant Bridgewater and ambulance driver Tarino Lightbourne yesterday, Chief Prosecutor Bernard Turner said that Bridgewater was not set up as she has claimed, but she knew exactly what she was doing when she and Lightbourne tried to extort $25 million from American actor John Travolta earlier this year. "Up to the bitter end there was no distancing herself from this plan," said Turner, referencing Bridgewater's statement during a videotaped ...
Oct 20, 2009
Court hears the closing addresses in Travolta case — Tribune (Bahamas)
Type: Press
Author(s): Natario McKenzie
Source: Tribune (Bahamas)
CLOSING addresses began in the attempted extortion trial of ex-PLP Senator Pleasant Bridgewater and former ambulance driver Tarino Lightbourne yesterday. Director of Public Prosecutions and lead prosecutor Bernard Turner told the nine member jury that the prosecution has discharged its burden in proving that Bridgewater and Lightbourne are guilty of the offences for which they are charged. The two are accused of conspiring to extort and attempting to extort $25 million from American actor John Travolta. Bridgewater is also charged with ...
Oct 16, 2009
Witness testifies in Bridgewater trial — Nassau Guardian (Bahamas)
Type: Press
Author(s): Juan McCartney
Source: Nassau Guardian (Bahamas)
By JUAN McCARTNEY ~ Guardian Senior Reporter ~ juan@nasguard.com: The defense in the trial of former Senator Pleasant Bridgewater and ambulance driver Tarino Lightbourne rested its case yesterday, after its only witness finished his testimony. Final arguments in the case will be delivered on Monday. And Senior Justice Anita Allen is expected sum up the case and give instructions to the jury on Tuesday. Bridgewater and Lightbourne are accused of attempting to extort $25 million from American actor John Travolta after ...
Oct 15, 2009
Bridgewater: I was set up — Nassau Guardian (Bahamas)
Type: Press
Author(s): Juan McCartney
Source: Nassau Guardian (Bahamas)
By JUAN MCCARTNEY ~ Guardian Senior Reporter ~ juan@nasguard.com: An emotional Pleasant Bridgewater yesterday held back tears as she professed her innocence and claimed she was the victim of a set-up by people she trusted, including PLP Senate leader Allyson Maynard-Gibson, who she said told a lie on the witness stand. Bridgewater gave an unsworn statement to the jury from the bar as the defense began submissions in her attempted extortion trial in the Supreme Court. "I maintain my innocence today," ...
Oct 15, 2009
Lightbourne: I know it appears we're guilty — Nassau Guardian (Bahamas)
Type: Press
Author(s): Juan McCartney
Source: Nassau Guardian (Bahamas)
By JUAN MCCARTNEY ~ Guardian Senior Reporter ~ juan@nasguard.com: Former ambulance driver Tarino Lightbourne yesterday told the jury in his attempted extortion trial that "I know that it appears as if we're guilty, but we're not" as he made his unsworn statement from the bar. Lightbourne told the jury that he was confident that he would be found innocent. "I'm not really worried about this trial," Lightbourne said. "If I sound arrogant, I'm not. I'm standing on (God's) word." Lightbourne asked ...
Oct 14, 2009
Legal submissions delay Bridgewater trial — Nassau Guardian (Bahamas)
Type: Press
Author(s): Juan McCartney
Source: Nassau Guardian (Bahamas)
By JUAN McCARTNEY ~ Guardian Senior Reporter ~ juan@nasguard.com: Proceedings in the attempted extortion trial of former Senator Pleasant Bridgewater and ambulance driver Tarino Lightbourne experienced another delay yesterday as Senior Justice Anita Allen heard legal submissions from attorneys in the matter. The Nassau Guardian understands that defense attorneys Murrio Ducille and Carlson Shurland have been presenting 'no case to answer' submissions to Justice Allen since Thursday. It is also understood that Ducille, who represents Bridgewater, completed his submissions last week. ...
Oct 14, 2009
Paramedic: Jett Travolta dead before ambulance called — CNN
Type: Press
Author(s): John Couwels
Source: CNN
(CNN) – A paramedic accused of plotting to extort $25 million from actor John Travolta after his 16-year-old son died in the Bahamas told a jury Wednesday the boy had been dead for some time before the ambulance service was called. Tarino Lightbourn said in his statement to the Nassau, Bahamas, jury that a doctor told medics to keep administering cardiopulmonary resuscitation on Jett Travolta despite knowing the teen was dead, and that the ambulance company was told to transport him ...
Oct 9, 2009
Bridgewater 'destroyed' potential evidence — Nassau Guardian (Bahamas)
Type: Press
Source: Nassau Guardian (Bahamas)
By JUAN MCCARTNEY ~ Guardian Senior Reporter ~ juan@nasguard.com: A police detective who was the final witness for the prosecution in the attempted extortion trial of former Senator Pleasant Bridgewater and ambulance driver Tarino Lightbourne testified yesterday that Bridgewater told her that she burned and discarded the remains of a document at the heart of the extortion case, after she realized that the "situation was about to explode." Bridgewater and Lightbourne are accused of attempting to extort $25 million from American ...
Oct 8, 2009
Cross-examination overheats in Bridgewater trial again — Nassau Guardian (Bahamas)
Type: Press
Author(s): Juan McCartney
Source: Nassau Guardian (Bahamas)
By JUAN MCCARTNEY ~ Guardian Senior Reporter ~ juan@nasguard.com: A firestorm erupted in the trial of former Senator Pleasant Bridgewater and ambulance driver Tarino Lightbourne yesterday, as Lightbourne's attorney Carlson Shurland cross-examined an attorney for American actor John Travolta. As Shurland shot a barrage of questions at Michael McDermott, things reached a fever pitch in the courtroom as the two men traded barbs and made commentary during the cross-examination in direct contravention of repeated warnings by Senior Justice Anita Allen. It ...
Oct 7, 2009
Travolta’s attorney continues testimony — Bahama Journal
Oct 6, 2009
$15 Mil request on video — Bahama Journal
Oct 6, 2009
Scientology's hidden tragedies — Woman (IPC Media, UK)
Oct 1, 2009
John Travolta's lawyer: Paramedic in extortion plot thought actor 'intentionally killed' his son — NY Daily News (New York)
Type: Press
Author(s): Lisa Lucas, Carrie Melago
Source: NY Daily News (New York)
It was a twisted scheme playing on a broken dad's unbearable grief. A blackmailing medic and his brazen lawyer threatened to tell the world John Travolta "intentionally killed" his son unless they got $25 million in hush money, the star's lawyer testified Thursday. Paramedic Tarino Lightbourne planned to make public a routine waiver Travolta signed initially refusing local medical treatment after his autistic son, Jett, 16, suffered a massive seizure in the family's Bahamas resort villa. The actor had considered flying ...
Oct 1, 2009
Travolta: Defendants demanded $25M — Boston Herald
Type: Press
Author(s): Gayle Fee, Laura Raposa
Source: Boston Herald
Hollywood A-Lister John Travolta testified in a Bahamian extortion trial yesterday that he was told unless he paid $25 million, stories would be sold to the news media implying he was to blame for his is son’s death. Travolta said his longtime friend and employee Ronald Zupancic first told him of the alleged threat Jan. 16 - two weeks after Travolta’s son, Jett, 16, died of a seizure during a family vacation in the Bahamas. Former paramedic Tarino Lightbourne and former ...
Sep 30, 2009
PLP Senator 'agreed to Bridgewater tap' — Tribune (Bahamas)
Type: Press
Author(s): Natario McKenzie
Source: Tribune (Bahamas)
PLP SENATOR Allyson Maynard-Gibson testified yesterday that she consented to police tapping her office telephone to record any conversation she had with former Senator Pleasant Bridgewater. Mrs Maynard-Gibson, managing partner in the law firm Gibson and Co, Shirley Street, which represents Hollywood celebrity John Travolta, 55, said yesterday that she went to Freeport, Grand Bahama on January 14 to speak with Bridgewater. According to Mrs Maynard-Gibson during a meeting in Bridgewater's law office, Bridgewater told her that her client Tarino Lightbourne ...
Sep 28, 2009
Key evidence destroyed in Travolta case? — People magazine
Type: Press
Author(s): Siobhan Morrissey
Source: People magazine
On Jan. 19, Pleasant Bridgewater, who had been a Bahamian senator and well-respected member of the Progressive Liberal Party at the time, met with John Travolta's attorney to iron out payment for a document regarding medical treatment for the actor's son on the day he died. Three days later, Bridgewater was under arrest for extortion and, according to a police report, admitted to the Bahamian authorities that she had destroyed a copy of the document in question – a "Refusal of ...
Sep 27, 2009
Travolta's Scientology turning point? — The Daily Beast
Type: Press
Author(s): Kim Masters
Source: The Daily Beast
The actor’s public acknowledgement that his son, who died in January, was autistic has former Scientologists convinced that he will leave the church—which they say has little tolerance for chronic conditions. When John Travolta took the witness stand last week and testified that his late son, Jett, was autistic, it came as a grim relief to some former Scientologists. “Wasn’t that amazing?” said a fallen-away church member after Travolta appeared in an extortion case that followed the death of his 16-year-old ...
Sep 25, 2009
Explosive evidence from the Travolta extortion trial — People magazine
More: msnbc.msn.com
Type: Press
Author(s): Siobhan Morrissey
Source: People magazine
Lawyer for actor seen negotiating with two defendants in Bahamas trial Is it the smoking gun? The trial of two defendants accused of trying to extort $25 million from John Travolta in return for handing over a document relating to the death of the star's 16-year-old son, Jett, continued in the Bahamas Friday. Meanwhile, PEOPLE has watched videotape of conversations recorded by the Royal Bahamas Police between Travolta's attorney and the two defendants — paramedic Tarino Lightbourn and his lawyer, Pleasant ...
Sep 24, 2009
John Travolta tells court of autistic son's death — The Times (UK)
Type: Press
Author(s): Jacqui Goddard
Source: The Times (UK)
John Travolta told yesterday of his desperate attempts to save his dying son after he suffered a seizure at their holiday home in the Bahamas — and acknowledged publicly for the first time that the boy had suffered from autism. Accompanied by his actress wife, Kelly Preston, the Grease star appeared in a court in Nassau to recall the horrifying moment that a male nanny, Eli Wheaton, came pounding on their bedroom door to rouse them from their sleep on January ...
Sep 24, 2009
Testimony by John Travolta that son was autistic raises Scientology questions — Wikinews
Sep 24, 2009
Travolta admits late son had autism — CBS News
Type: Press
Source: CBS News
(CBS/ AP) John Travolta has admitted for the first time his son Jett had autism. Travolta made the admission about his son in the Bahamas as he testified against two men accused of trying to blackmail him with private information about his son's rescue effort. Jett died in January from a seizure. CBS News correspondent Kelly Cobiella said Travolta testified in a Nassau courtroom that Jett suffered a seizure every five to ten days – each lasting from 45 seconds to ...
Sep 23, 2009
Travolta recounts son’s death at Bahamas trial — Associated Press
Sep 23, 2009
Travolta to testify over death of teenage son — The Independent (UK)
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