Paramedic Charged In Travolta Extortion Plot

Monday, Jan 26, 2009  |  Updated 4:45 PM EDT
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Paramedic Charged In Travolta Extortion Plot

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A paramedic has been charged in an alleged plot to extort $25 million from John Travolta after his teenage son suffered a seizure and died at the family’s home in the Bahamas.

Magistrate Carolita Bethel says 47-year-old Tarino Lightbourne pleaded not guilty Monday to attempting to extort and conspiracy to extort from the actor. Details of the alleged scheme have still not been made public.

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Prosecutor Bernard Turner is objecting to bail. He says police are looking for a “certain document” and believe they may not find it if Lightbourne is released.

A Bahamian senator also accused of extortion has resigned and vowed to prove her innocence.

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Travolta’s 16-year-old son Jett died Jan 2.

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