John Travolta to testify
- Bang Showbiz
- 20 September 2009
'The Taking of Pelham 123' actor John Travolta will give evidence at the trial of two people accused to trying to extort $25 million from him after the death of his son Jett in January
John Travolta will testify at an extortion trial linked to the death of his son Jett next week.
The 'Taking of Pelham 123' actor will give evidence at the trial of paramedic Tarino Lightbourn and former Bahamian senator Pleasant Bridgewater, who are charged with conspiring to extort $25 million from him.
The pair allegedly contacted the grieving actor two weeks after Jett died after suffering a seizure in the bathroom of the family's Bahamian holiday home, and threatened to release a document relating to his death.
Gossip website TMZ claims the document in question is a "refuse to transport" order - which waives the ambulance crew's responsibility if the patient does not want to be taken to hospital - that Travolta had allegedly signed.
If it exists, the paperwork could be used to support claims Jett died because Travolta's strict Scientology beliefs did not permit him to receive conventional treatment.
Travolta filed an extortion complaint shortly after Lightbourn and Bridgewater contacted him and attempted to sell him the document.
Both Lightbourn and Bridgewater have pleaded not guilty.
Travolta, Kelly and their daughter Ella, nine, have stayed out of the spotlight since Jett's death in January.
They made their first public appearance on September 12, when they walked the red carpet to promote Ella's new Disney film 'Old Dogs'.