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Travolta Friend: Meds Gave Jett Organ Damage

Jan. 4 2009, Published 5:48 a.m. ET

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John Travolta's friend and lawyer Michael McDermott is angry at press reports and is setting the record straight in an exclusive interview. In the aftermath of the tragic death of Travolta's son Jett, many reports have stated or implied that Travolta and wife Kelly Preston did not have Jett on seizure medication, even though the teenager often had seizures. Some reports have blamed Travolta's Scientology beliefs for not properly treating Jett.

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"Look," an exasperated McDermott told about erroneous published reports, "neither I nor my fellow point-man Michael Ossi are Scientologists. "We're John's lawyers, his friends, who happened to be on vacation with him."

The people writing these reports "don't know what they're saying. Luckily John and Kelly are not reading their laptops."

McDermott said that the blind allegations that because Preston and Travolta are Scientologists they refused to administer anti-seizure medication to Jett, are false.

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"They gave him an anti-seizure medication Depakote for over a year," McDermott told "It extended the seizures out to over 21 days. But ultimately the attacks got closer and closer, they had to give more and more medication, and it started to cause organ damage so they stopped.

"As far as I know Jett was no longer on medication. But his parents and two nannies supervised him night and day.

"So their religious beliefs did not influence him in their treatment or cause his death. His parents did not cause him to fall, his parents did not cause his death. These are terribly cruel, baseless and nasty accusations."

Travolta and his wife have been sequestered in their condo at the Old Bahama Hotel since Friday, when Jett died.

"We hope they're going to re-enter the world this afternoon -- maybe get out and see the light of day," said McDermott.



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