Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Travolta Family
John Travolta took the stand in a Bahamian courtroom yesterday, where he had to relive what must have been the most painful day of his life. The actor testified in the extortion trial surrounding the death of his 16-year-old son, Jett Travolta, telling the court what happened on the morning on which Jett died after a seizure.
With his wife, Kelly Preston, looking on, John said that he performed CPR on his son after a nanny alerted him that the teen had fallen ill at their family vacation home on Grand Bahama island.
"I ran downstairs with my wife to help my son," the actor said, according to Associated Press reports.
When John got to Jett, another caretaker was already doing chest compressions on the boy, and he began administering the breathing. John also confirmed, for the first time publicly, that Jett was autistic.
"He was autistic. He suffered from a seizure disorder," John told the jury when asked about his son's condition. The actor said Jett suffered seizures every five to 10 days. He said the seizures would last 45 seconds to a minute and Jett typically slept for 12 hours after each one.
The actor -- who is the star witness in the trial of paramedic Tarino Lightbourne and former Bahamas senator Pleasant Bridgewater, accused of trying to extort $25 million from the movie star -- was released just before the court took a lunch break, but is expected to return to the stand for further testimony at some point.
It's such a shame that the greed of others is forcing John and Kelly to have to publicly display their grief.
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