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Travolta Extortion Mystery Solved

Jan. 27 2009, Published 8:21 a.m. ET

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Tarino Lightbourne being led by Bahamian police. The item at the center of the John Travolta extortion case is a "refusal to transport" document, has learned exclusively.

Paramedic Tarino Lightbourne and former Bahamian Senator Pleasant Bridgewater were arrested on charges that were part of a scheme to extort millions from Travolta after the tragic death of his son Jett on Jan. 2 in the Bahamas.

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Some reports said a photograph was at the center of the case. But has learned that the extortion charges stem from a conversation Travolta had with the paramedic concerning where Jett should be treated. Travolta originally wanted to fly Jett back to the U.S. for treatment, believing it would take just as long to transport his son to a Bahamian hospital as it would to fly him to Florida. confirmed with a source close to the situation that while Travolta originally preferred to have Jett treated in the U.S. he realized there was no time and agreed to have him treated in the Bahamas.

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Senior Assistant Commissioner of Police Marvin Dames confirmed to the Nassau Guardian that the criminal complaint alleges the conspirators approached Travolta with the document, thinking he would find it damaging. Dames did not specify that Travolta originally wanted Jett treated in Florida, but has confirmed that with a source close to the case.

The Nassau Guardian reported "Dames said police have a copy of a document they have not been able to prove the authenticity of. The document, he said, is a refusal to transport document. This, Dames explained, is signed by a party when refusing, for example, emergency medical services from trained personnel. "

Dames said the document was irrelevant because of the severity of Jett's injuries and that what was at issue is what the people criminally charged were trying to achieve with the document.



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