Paramedic charged over $25 million blackmail plot
A paramedic has been charged over an alleged plot to extort £25 million from John Travolta after his son died of a seizure.
Tarino Lightbourne has pleaded not guilty on charges of attempting to extort and conspiracy to extort from the Pulp Fiction star.
Details of the plot remain unclear, but Senior Assistant Police Commissioner Marvin Dames said the actor’s lawyers filed a complaint of attempted extortion after Pleasant Bridgewater, an attorney and then-senator, allegedly informed them that Lightbourne claimed he ‘was in possession of a document that, if released, would prove damaging to the Travoltas’.
Lightbourne was detained after police issued an alert that he was wanted for attempted extortion and considered dangerous.
Several tabloids had quoted Lightbourne as he described the efforts to revive Jett Travolta after he collapsed in the Bahamas from a seizure.
Bridgewater was arrested on Thursday and charged with abetment to extort and conspiracy to extort, and was released on $40,000 bail.
She has vowed to prove her innocence but resigned on Saturday from her seat in the legislature.
Magistrate Carolita Bethel remanded Lightbourne to jail after prosecutor Bernard Turner objected to bail.