Medical Document at Center of Travolta Extortion Plot

Celebrity News Jan. 27, 2009 AT 5:18PM
John Travolta and Jett Travolta Credit: Rogers and Cowan via Getty Images

The item at the center of the John Travolta extortion case: a "refusal to transport" document, RadarOnline.com and TMZ.com are reporting.

According to TMZ.com, the document detailed how "John Travolta told EMT workers he wanted to fly his son to Florida rather than drive by ambulance to the hospital....which was 45 minutes away" in the Bahamas, where Jett, 16, died of a seizure disorder Jan. 2. (In the end, RadarOnline.com reports, Travolta realized there was no time to have Jett treated in the U.S. and agreed to have him treated in the Bahamas.) Paramedic Tarino Lightbourne was charged Monday with conspiracy to commit extortion and attempted extortion for allegedly demanding $25 million to keep the document private. (As TMZ points out, it is unclear why Lightbourne thought the document was worth $25 million, as it was irrelevant to Jett's death.)

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Former Bahamian Senator Pleasant Bridgewater, who is also accused of trying to extort money from the Travolta family, said she plans to fight "untrue and unfair charges" against her. Police also had detained former tourism minister -- and longtime Travolta family friend -- Obie Wilchcombe, but he "has not been charged," Minister of National Security Tommy Turnquest told Usmagazine.com. "He was not arrested; he was questioned on Friday."

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