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Jury Selected for Travolta Extortion Trial in the Bahamas

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Sep. 21 2009, Published 8:39 a.m. ET

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A nine-person jury was selected Monday in the Bahamas for a trial involving two defendants who allegedly tried to extort $25 million from John Travolta with a document relating to the death of his son, Jett Travolta, according to the Associated Press.

Former Bahamas senator Pleasant Bridgewater and paramedic Tarino Lightbourne are charged with threatening to reveal a document that would have released emergency responders from liability in Jett's death -- which ended up not even being a factor as the family did not refuse an ambulance at the time. Jett, who had a history of seizures, died at 16 at the family's vacation home on Jan. 2.

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It's possible that John could testify in the case, set to begin hearing evidence tomorrow, as he's on a list of 14 witnesses against the defendants.

Bridgewater and Lightbourne have both been free on bail, and have pleaded innocent to charges including conspiracy to commit extortion.

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