The two men that have been accused of attempting to extort millions from actor John Travolta in return for handing over documents connected to the death of Travolta’s son, Jett Travolta, were caught on tape trying to make a deal with Travolta’s lawyer. Read more on this story below.
Paramedic Tarino Lightbourn and his lawyer, Pleasant Bridgewater, have pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to commit extortion, but new evidence could put them in jail.
Videotape recorded secretly by the Royal Bahamas Police show Lightbourn and Bridgewater trying to secure a multi-million payment from Travolta for the return of a form the star signed just before his son was pronounced dead.
The document was concerning where Travolta’s son Jett should be taken after suffering a seizure at the family’s holiday home.
In the footage, Travolta’s lawyer, Michael MCDermott, asks Lightbourn why he’s proposing the deal and the paramedic replies, “I was poor all my life. You know, me and my family, were struggling all our life. I wanted to do things for charity all of my life.”
The two men then appear to discuss payment options, while Bridgewater listens. They eventually agree to a price of $15 million (GBP10 million) for the document and then argues when Travolta’s lawyer suggests the cash is handed over in installments, stating, “I can’t do installments. I want to get this behind me. I want to put this to rest. I don’t want to see you anymore.”
The 44-minute phone meeting ends after a deal is done, prompting Lightbourn to reportedly state, “Case closed. Case closed… Once this is closed, it’s buried deeper than the Titanic.”
A month after the negotiation, John Travolta met with Bahamas police officials to file a complaint. John Travolta has already testified and is expected back on the stand next week.
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