Friday, May 24, 2013
Two Bahamians accused of trying to extort $25 million from John Travolta and his wife, Kelly Preston, have gotten off easy. When the Travoltas' son Jett died from seizure-related injuries in the family's Bahamian home in January 2009, ambulance driver Tarino Lightbourne threatened to release details to the press. Former Bahamian senator Pleasant Bridgewater threw her hat into the legal ring to wrangle the money from the grieving family as well. When their first trial for attempting to extort $25 million from the family ended in mistrial last October, both sides were ready to fire up their arguments Monday in a Bahamian court. However, that would've required Travolta to rehash the gory details of his son's death again, so the Travoltas opted to drop the case. "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," the actor said in a written 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." Bridgewater was relieved, but Lightbourne wanted the chance to clear his name. Kelly Preston is due to deliver the couple's third child in a few weeks; it's reportedly another boy.