Paramedic charged with trying to extort millions from Travolta


Obi Wilchcombe
Obi Wilchcombe

Grand Bahama police officers stand in front of the hospital where the autopsy of John Travolta's son, Jett, is being performed in Freeport, Bahamas, Monday, Jan. 5, 2009. A family doctor for John Travolta was observing the autopsy Monday of the actor's teenage son, who died unexpectedly in the family's Grand Bahama island vacation home.

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Published: Monday, January 26, 2009 at 2:29 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 26, 2009 at 2:29 p.m.

NASSAU, Bahamas A paramedic has been charged in an alleged plot to extort $25 million from John Travolta after his teenage son suffered a seizure and died at the family's home in the Bahamas.

Magistrate Carolita Bethel says 47-year-old Tarino Lightbourne pleaded not guilty Monday to attempting to extort and conspiracy to extort from the actor. Details of the alleged scheme have still not been made public.

Prosecutor Bernard Turner is objecting to bail. He says police are looking for a "certain document" and believe they may not find it if Lightbourne is released.

A Bahamian senator also accused of extortion has resigned and vowed to prove her innocence.

Travolta's 16-year-old son Jett died Jan 2.

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