John Travolta talks of son’s death

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  • John Travolta describes trying to save his dying son, during £18m blackmail trial

    John Travolta spoke moving about trying to save his dying son’s life, as he gave evidence at an £18m blackmail trial.

    John, 55, described performing CPR on his son Jett, as the teenager lay unconscious on the floor of the family’s holiday home in the Bahamas. Jett later died in hospital.

    The actor was giving evidence during the trial of two men accused of trying to extort £18m from him over publishing a medical document.

    John said he was woken by Jett’s nanny pounding on his bedroom door after the 16-year-old had been found unconscious after suffering a seizure on 2 January this year.

    ‘I ran downstairs to help my son with my wife. I saw him on the bathroom floor. His other nanny, Jeff Kathrein and a woman from Old Bahama Bay was doing CPR on him,’ he told the court.

    ‘I took the place of the woman. Jeff was doing compressions and I was doing breathing. I asked if an ambulance had been called and was told ‘yes‘.’

    It is the first time John has spoken in public about Jett’s death.

    He also revealed during his testimony that Jett was autistic and would frequently suffer from seizures that would leave him needing to sleep heavily.

    ‘Every five to ten days he would suffer a seizure lasting 45 seconds to a minute and then sleep for about 12 hours,’ said John.

    The Pulp Fiction star is one of 14 witness in the blackmail trial.

    Paramedic Tarino Lightbourne and his accomplice Pleasant Bridgewater are accused of trying to blackmail the actor over threats to publish a ‘refusal of medical attention’ form.

    John signed the form and asked for his son to be taken to the airport, rather than the hospital on the island. However, Jett was taken to the hospital where he later died.

    The pair allegedly hoped to extort £18m from the star in order to keep his ‘refusal’ to help his son out of the media.

    Both men deny the charges. The trial continues.


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