John Travolta‘s attorney and family friend, Michael McDermott took the stand Thursday to testify in Travolta’s extortion case in the Bahamas.
Two defendants, Pleasant Bridgewater and Tarino Lightbourne stand accused of trying to extort $25 million from Travolta following the January death of his son Jett.
McDermott testified about a call he received from Bridgewater claiming she represented a gentleman “who would like to remain nameless” but who was the ambulance driver that picked up Jett.
McDermott says that Bridgewater told him that the gentleman has a document which is entitled refusal of treatment or transport that was signed by Mr Travolta on the morning of January 7th. She said that only she and the ambulance driver knew about it, and he had the only copy. She went on tell McDermott that the gentleman kept it because it had the signature of a celebrity on it.
McDermott continued to testify that when he asked what the significance of the document was Bridgewater told him that it was her client’s contention that this document is very incriminating to Mr Travolta. Either he intentionally killed his child or he was negligent in the supervision of his child on the date in question, and that it is evidence he tried to flee the country with the child’s dead body.
Bridgewater allegedly went on to tell McDermott that they were in contact with several media outlets including Inside Edition, Greta Van Susteren, Larry King and someone in the UK. She said that based on discussions with them she was sure that the document was worth substantial sums of money.
McDermott asked her if she was looking for a specific sum of money for the document and she was evasive simply saying that she did not have a specific number and that she simply wanted to enquire as to whether Mr Travolta was interested.
McDermott testified that he got angry at this point and told her that what she was doing constituted extortion, and if he went to the police she, and the gentleman, would be in big trouble. He says that she said she knew and didn’t care.
McDermott said he told her he needed to see a copy of the document and that she was to email it to him. He said that after their call he received an email from Bridgewater saying that the gentleman had instructed her to not forward the document as he does not wish to deal with the matter in such a way. It was signed “Pleasant”.
Court is currently in recess.