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EXCLUSIVE TRANSCRIPT: Travolta Extortion Defendant Confessed On Video!

Sep. 24 2009, Published 5:55 a.m. ET

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Tarino Lightbourne, one of the defendants on trial for trying to extort $25 million from John Travolta, admitted on video that he knew he was committing a crime, is reporting exclusively.

Click here to read the key pages of the transcript. has exclusively obtained a transcript of a videotaped meeting between Lightbourne, Pleasant Bridgewater and Michael McDermott. Bridgewater was on speakerphone during the meeting and is also a defendant in the trial. McDermott was representing Travolta.

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The meeting took place January 20, 2009.

Here is a transcript of one of the key points in the conversation.

McDermott: “You know what we’re both doing here, okay…

Lightbourne: Yes.

McDermott: a criminal offense.

Lightbourne: Yes.

McDermott: Okay. If we get caught, we’re both in trouble.

Lightbourne: Yes.

The transcript also contains a conversation between McDermott and Bridgewater discussing how Lightbourne came up with his $25 million blackmail demand.

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Click here to see photos of Travolta arriving in Bahamian court on Wednesday.

Bridgewater tells McDermott: “…he’s probably thinking that he’s going to lose his job cause he’s on suspension and so I guess he—he probably is trying to make it worth his mile – worth his while. I don’t know.”

Click here to read Travolta’s trial testimony about his son’s tragic death.



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