John Travolta Extortion Suspect To Go To Trial

By: Celebuzz / January 27, 2009

Bahamian ambulance driver Tarino Lightbourne, one of the suspects in the John Travolta extortion plot, was glimpsed being led into the courtroom in handcuffs on Wednesday.

Lightbourne, 47, who’s been charged with attempting to extort and conspiracy to extort, is thought to be one of three suspects who allegedly sought $25 million from the actor to not publicize a written authorization to transport Jett Travolta via ambulance to the hospital, according to TMZ.

Jett, 16, had a seizure on New Year’s Day and died after hitting his head on a bathroom fixture, according to reports.

TMZ reports that there is also a fear that if Lightbourne is released on bail, he will find the document in question and destroy it.

Prosecutors were reportedly asking the judge to deny Lightbourne bail for this reason. He pleaded not guilty to attempted extortion and conspiracy.

It is not known why this document would result in public embarrassment for the Travoltas, although John and wife Kelly Preston were said to have had an issue over where Jett should be taken for emergency treatment.

TMZ reports that the Bahamian newspaper the Nassau Guardian ran a story claiming that the document was a “refusal to transport” document.

A source told the paper that the document “is signed by a party when refusing, for example, emergency medical services from trained personnel.”

The other two suspects in the extortion plot are former member of Parliament and lawyer Pleasant Bridgewater and Travolta family friend Obie Wilchcombe. Senator Bridgewater quit her Parliament position after being charged with abetment and conspiracy to extort. 

Her arraignment is scheduled for tomorrow.

Wilchcombe was detained and released but still under investigation. He is a Parliament member and a former Minister of Tourism.

He was reportedly indicated by Bridgewater in potentially sharing the extortion money.

Wilchcombe claims that he has had no involvement and was doing the right thing by informing John Travolta’s lawyers of the plot.

E! reports that the FBI are assisting in the investigation.