John Travolta drops extortion case
Hollywood star John Travolta has dropped the extortion case against two men accused of blackmailing him for USD 25 million following the death of his son.Updated: Sep 08, 2010 03:36 IST
Hollywood star John Travolta has dropped the extortion case against two men accused of blackmailing him for USD 25 million following the death of his son Jett in 2009.
The Pulp Fiction star, whose 16-year-old son Jett died during a family holiday to the Bahamas in January 2009 after suffering a seizure, has decided not to pursue action against the two accused as he has already suffered considerable "emotional distress", Contactmusic reported.
Neil Braithwaite, Chief Counsel in the Office of the Attorney General said, "The defendants have been discharged. Mr Travolta is no longer interested in pursuing the matter because it has caused his family great emotional distress."
Paramedic Tarino Lightbourne - who was one of the medical team who treated Jett before he died and his co-accused, former Senator Pleasant Bridgewater, allegedly demanded US 25 million from the 56-year-old actor and threatened to sell a story claiming he and his wife Kelly Preston "intentionally killed" their son.
Both defendants had pleaded not guilty to charges of attempting to extort and conspiring to extort by means of threats.
Travolta, who has a 10-year-old daughter Ella Bleu with Kelly, announced earlier this year that the couple are expecting their third child.