Travolta extortion plot said to focus on “refusal to transport” document

TMZ claims to have the details of the document that a paramedic and Bahamian official allegedly tried to use to extort millions from John Travolta. If their facts are right, it doesn’t sound that damning to Travolta. The document is a “refusal to transport,” which concerns Travolta’s initial request to fly his 16 year-old son, Jett, to Florida to receive treatment after he suffered the seizure and fall in the Bahamas that resulted in his tragic death. As a concerned dad trying to make the best decision for his son, Travolta initially thought that he could fly him to Florida in the same amount of time, 45 minutes, that it would take to get him to the hospital in the Bahamas via ambulance.

We’ve now gotten to the bottom of the mystery document that was the basis for the alleged extortion plot in the John Travolta case.

Sources connected with the investigation tell us 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.

There was a disagreement over which course would be better. John felt initially it might take the same amount of time to get his son to Florida where he might get better care.

The document at issue would have released emergency services from any liability if Travolta elected the Florida route.

In the end John realized the hospital was Jett’s best hope.

[From TMZ]

If this is true, you can’t blame Travolta for trying to get top care for his son. Out of concern for Jett he questioned whether he could get him to Florida to be seen by doctors he knew and trusted in the same amount of time, which seems like something any parent in that situation might do.

The ambulance driver who is implicated in the extortion plot, Tarino Lightbourne, has been arrested along with his lawyer. The lawyer, Sen. Pleasant Bridgewater, resigned her position in the Bahamian senate due to the allegations and is now out on $40,000 bail. She maintains her innocence and issued a statement suggesting that there was no extortion plot. “How these innocent actions can be so misconstrued, so perversely twisted to mean something other than it was, is a mystery.” Obie Wilchcombe, a friend of the Travoltas and a former tourism minister for the Bahamas, was also arrested and has been released.


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  1. Dorothy says:

    How much more do these parents have to endure? I mean come on…

  2. DD says:

    what the heck is it with these Bahamian officials? they seem to be always embroiled in something with these celebrities.

  3. Hellary says:

    I don’t buy it. Travolta and his goofy wife are Scientoligists and therefore don’t believe in any non-Scieno approved medical care. He was planning to take Jett to a Scieno compound in Florida, where he most certainly would have died anyway.

    Sorry, but there’s something suspicious about a guy with no special education training taking care of a severely autistic child, and who happens to kiss the child’s father on the lips.

  4. barneslr says:

    Hellary, I agree that scientology is a crock of crap and that their followers are generally crackpots. But the fact is that they when it came down to it, they did use conventional medical treatments throughout his life in an attempt to treat his problems. For you to sit in judgement and say hateful and ignorant things about a family that you evidently dislike based on their religion alone speaks volumes about you.

    It is devastating for any parent to lose a child and my sympathies are with them.

  5. jUDY says:

    Oh please this kid saw doctors and had been on many different medications. JT was not pulling anything fast..he was trying to figure out where he wouold get the best medical care. There always has to be a “mystery” to something anyone from that cult does. Travolta loved his son and had nothing to do with his death.

  6. Vibius says:

    Normally I would jump on the Anti-$$$ train but that had nothing to do with it. If I had a plane and could fly it I would have been tempted to fly back to the US as well. I have no idea why they thought this would have been worth 25 million.

  7. Aspen says:

    You’ve got to be kidding me. Wow. That is just sick to try and take advantage of these parents like that…evil, evil people.

    Anyone who would stoop to that. Wow.

  8. RAN says:

    Me too Vibius – In a heartbeat, in fact.

  9. Whitey Fisk says:

    Sorry, but I think Hellary has a point.

    I think the refusal to transport stemmed not from the family’s desire to get he best care, but rather to get Scientology-approved (non-medical) care.

    Of course, I have no way of actually knowing that. But the family refused to acknowledge and treat Jett’s clearly apparent autism (instead opting for multiple Scientology “detoxes”), so it seems like a possibility. Plus the crap about carpet cleaners and Kawasaki disease – this family has a history of being, um, not quite right.

    That said, I don’t think anyone intentionally hurt this child. I am sad for the whole family, this is just horrible. Horrible.

  10. Whitey Fisk says:

    I forgot to add that even if John said only Ron L. Hubbard could treat Jett, and demanded the ambulance take the quickest route to Xenu or whatever – a person who would use a parent’s final moments with his child to gain something, hoo boy. I shudder to think about what kind of karma will be unleashed on these people.

  11. Whitey Fisk says:

    L. Ron Hubbard. Snap.

  12. nanacy says:

    Kawasaki disease in an infant following immunisation with hepatitis B

    Miron D, Fink D, Hashkes PJ.
    HaEmek Medical Center, Afula, Technion Medical School, Haifa, Israel.
    The known association between hepatitis B and vasculitis has been
    reported in rare cases in adults after hepatitis B vaccination. We
    here describe a 35-day-old infant who developed Kawasaki disease 1
    day after receiving his second dose of hepatitis B vaccine. Although
    extremely rare, this possible side effect should be noted and further
    PMID: 14677029 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

  13. SLWells says:

    What I don’t understand is why Bahamaian officials felt that this was a document that the Travolta’s would pay $25 million for?