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Sep 7, 2010 Travolta ends $25m extortion case linked to death of his son — The Independent (UK)
The Independent (UK)
Two people accused of attempting to extort $25m (£16m) from John Travolta following the death of his son are to walk free after a judge in the Bahamas dismissed the case against them, apparently at the actor's request. A court in Nassau was about to begin the retrial of Tarino Lightbourne, a local ambulance driver, and Pleasant Bridgewater, his former lawyer and local politician, yesterday when prosecutors announced that Mr Travolta had contacted them saying he no longer wished to give ...
Oct 22, 2009 Retrial ordered in John Travolta extortion case — The Times (UK)
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 Wilchcombe 'initiated' Travolta extortion case — Tribune (Bahamas)
WEST END and Bimini MP Obie Wilchombe was described yesterday the "initiator" in the attempted extortion case against ex-PLP Senator Pleasant Bridgewater and former ambulance driver Tarino Lightbourne. During his closing arguments yesterday, Bridgewater's attorney Murrio Ducille told the nine member jury that Mr Wilchombe had been the "initiator". "Had there been no call from him, we would not be here," he told the jury. Mr Wilchombe had testified that he had phoned Dr Mark Smith and Mr Travolta's lead attorney ...
Oct 14, 2009 Paramedic: Jett Travolta dead before ambulance called — 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 ...
Apr 9, 2009 Seizure killed Travolta's son — Globe and Mail (Canada)
Globe and Mail (Canada)
Intense scrutiny has focused on John Travolta's family after the death of the actor's chronically ill 16-year-old son Jett, who died at the family's vacation home at a Grand Bahama resort on Friday.
Yesterday, an undertaker said the death certificate concluded that the cause of death was a seizure, and that the teen's body showed no sign of head trauma despite earlier police reports that he hit his head on a bathtub.
Mr. Travolta, 54, and wife Kelly Preston, 46, were ...
Jan 27, 2009 Maynard-Gibson, a witness in extortion case — Nassau Guardian (Bahamas)
Nassau Guardian (Bahamas)
By ARTESIA DAVIS,Guardian Senior Reporter,email@example.com
Former attorney general and PLP Senator Allyson Maynard-Gibson is listed as a witness against the ambulance driver who is accused of trying to extort $25 million from actor John Travolta whose son died of a seizure in Grand Bahama earlier this month, The Guardian has confirmed.
Maynard-Gibson, who is Travolta's Bahamian lawyer, is one of the 14 witnesses listed on the court docket against Tarino Lightbourne.
Lightbourne, 47, of Freeport, Grand Bahama, entered not guilty pleas ...
Jan 11, 2009 Intriguing questions about the Scientologist wedding photographer who was the main carer for John Travolta's son — Daily Mail (UK)
Daily Mail (UK)
John Travolta and his wife Kelly stood vigil for four hours over the body of their 16-year-old son Jett on the tiny island of Grand Bahama. The poignant scene was described by neighbour and family friend Obie Wilchcombe, who said: ‘They didn’t want to leave.’ The teenager’s premature death from an epileptic fit last weekend was as unexpected as it was tragic. Although Jett had suffered serious health problems since early childhood, the Hollywood actor believed his son would be as ...
Jan 7, 2009 Travoltas turn to Scientology, hometown in trying times — ABC News
Jan 5, 2009 Travolta's lawyers: Jett had history of seizures, medicine ineffective — FOX News
John Travolta's lawyers, Michael Ossi and Michael McDermott, said Sunday Jett Travolta, the actor's 16-year-old son who died Friday, was on an anti-seizure medication called Depakote for several years, but the drug was suspended after it lost its effectiveness amid concern about side effects.
Jett apparently suffered from grand mal seizures, a type of epilepsy marked by convulsions and loss of consciousness, Ossi and McDermott said.
Click here to learn more about Jett's struggle with Kawasaki disease.
Jett, who had a ...
Jan 3, 2009 John Travolta's teenage son dies — BBC News
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