John Travolta to Testify in Extortion Case

TMZ reports that John Travolta will head to the Bahamas next week to testify in the extortion case surrounding his son's death.

Jett Travolta, 16, died after a seizure last January in the Bahamas, while the family was vacationing at their family home. Soon after the tragedy, Tarino Lightbourn, a paramedic who responded to John's call for help, and Pleasant Bridgewater, a former Bahamian senator, allegedly conspired to extort $25 million from John, threatening to go public with a document detailing what went down on the day of Jett's death.

Bahamian police say Lightbourn, who performed CPR on Jett and was in the ambulance when he was taken to the hospital, held on to a "refusal to transport" document signed by John -- which waives responsibility from the ambulance crew if a patient does not want to be taken to a hospital. Two weeks after Jett's death, Lightbourn's lawyer tried to sell the document to the actor. John didn't bite – instead he filed an extortion complaint.

John and his wife, Kelly Preston, have kept a very low profile since losing Jett, but appeared publicly with daughter Ella Bleu, for the first time last week at the premiere of her debut film, Old Dogs, which also stars her parents.

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