Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Travolta Family
A mistrial has been declared in the case surrounding John Travolta and two Bahamian paramedics who tried to extort $25 million from the actor, after his son's death. After the jury deliberated for more than eight hours, Senior Supreme Court Judge Anita Allen said she believed one of the jurors had been having inappropriate "communication" outside of the jury room. Apparently, the judge heard that an announcement had been made at a local political rally that one of the defendants had been found not guilty. Allen told the court this development left her no choice but to order a retrial.
"The dilemma that we face is great," Allen told the court. "I am erring on the side of caution. Justice must be transparent."
The defendants, Tarino Lightbourn and former Bahamian Sen. Pleasant Bridgewater, pleaded not guilty to the claims that they demanded money in exchange for not releasing private information to the press about the death of Jett Travolta, who was just 16 when he passed away last January from a seizure.
Earlier this month, John took the stand and relived his son's last moments. Michael Ossi, one of the actor's attorneys, told the Associated Press that John would continue to cooperate and would even testify again if he had to.
"We are disappointed to hear about the alleged juror misconduct since we know that the Bahamian government, the court, the other jurors and John Travolta as the victim want to have this matter adjudicated through the judicial system," a rep for the actor says. "Mr. Travolta has and will continue to cooperate with the Bahamian authorities in the prosecution of the defendants for extortion."
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