John Travolta a Witness in Extortion Case


Jan. 27 2009, Published 3:46 p.m. ET

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As the case against two people allegedly involved in an attempt to extort money from the Travolta family in the wake of 16-year-old Jett's death continues, father John Travolta has been officially named as a witness in the proceedings, E! News reports.

Documents filed Monday at Magistrate's Court in New Providence names a total of 14 witnesses, including John, as well as his Bahamian lawyer, Allyson Maynard and his U.S.-based lawyers, Michael Ossi and Michael McDermott.

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Yesterday ambulance driver Tarino Lightbourne pleaded not guilty to attempted extortion and conspiracy to extort. His lawyer, and former lawmaker Pleasant Bridgewater was also charged with conspiracy to extort. It's been said that the $25 million alleged extortion plot could revolve around a picture of Jett on his way to the hospital earlier this month after he collapsed in the bathroom of the family's vacation home.

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Although Obie Wilchombe, a friend of the Travoltas and a member of parliament, was brought in for questioning, he was released without being charged and isn't on the list of witnesses.

The witnesses "are expected to give evidence against Lightbourne and Bridgewater in court. They would not actually have to do anything until the trial starts," E! News quotes an insider as saying. "The presence of their names on the dockets just means that the prosecution plans to call them as witnesses and, barring any extenuating circumstances, they will be."


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