Morning Buzz: Suspects Arrested In Travolta Extortion Plot

Three suspects have been arrested for allegedly attempting to extort money out of John Travolta in the Bahamas. Us reports that former Bahamian senator Pleasant Bridgewater, paramedic Tarino Lightbourne, and former Minister of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe were all arrested last week. The three were reportedly in on a scheme to charge Travolta $25 million so that they wouldn’t go public with a photo of his 16-year-old son Jett dying on New Year’s Day.

Dakota Fanning has confirmed that she is up for the part of Jane in the sequel to Twilight, New Moon. E! reports that Fanning has stated that “I really hope it works out. It would be so much fun. I think that the actors are amazing. It would be really cool to be a part of that. I’m a big fan.”

Producer/director/creator/comedian Tyler Perry has had a lien put on his home and business in Atlanta for non-payment. Perry is accused of not paying contractors who worked on his 30,000 sq. ft. Atlanta mansion. TMZ reports that Perry claims that the work was shoddy or undocumented.

CSI: NY actor Gerald McCullouch was involved in stopping a real-life crime. The actor, who trains as a boxer, stopped a man from stealing his laptop on an NYC train. People reports that after McCulloch hit the man, the assailant pulled out a kitchen knife and tried to stab him. McCulloch was uninjured, and the suspect was arrested by NYPD.

Species 2 actor Justin Lazard has donated $28,000 to a playground in Lakeport, CA for equipment. TMZ reports that it is the same playground that he was arrested in for publicly masturbating in 2006. Lazard is facing one count of annoying/molesting and one count indecent exposure, and could go to jail for a year. He will also have to register as a sex offender if found guilty. His trial begins in March.