John Travolta Drops Extortion Case

John Travolta has decided to put an end to the stressful legal battle he's been entangled in since January 2009. Travolta and his family have dropped the charges against the two men who allegedly tried to extort $25 million from them after teenage son Jett died of a seizure on January 2nd in the Bahamas. Although Travolta testified against the accused last October, the trial ended in mistrial, with no verdict declared. After almost a year of waiting for a new trial, the Travoltas have decided that it's too painful to do it all over again.

"Almost a year later the long pending status of this matter continued to take a heavy emotional toll on my family, causing us to conclude that it was finally time to put this matter behind us," Travolta, 56, said in his press statement. "Therefore, after much reflection, I concluded that it was in my family's best interest for me not to voluntarily return to the Bahamas to testify a second time at trial."

The defendants, EMT Tarino Lightbourn and former Bahamian Senator Pleasant Bridgewater, were accused of pressuring the Travoltas for millions of dollars, in exchange for keeping documents related to Jett's death away from the media.

By dropping the case, it would seem that the Travolta family is starting to move forward from the tragedy and begin healing. And there's joy in the aftermath of tragedy: Kelly Preston, 47, is expecting her "miracle" baby boy in late fall.

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