Bahamian police have an island politician and an ambulance driver in custody for allegedly trying to extort $20 million from John Travolta over his son's death, People reports. The country's former minister of tourism, a family friend of the Travoltas, was released after questioning.The ambulance driver has told tabloids he attempted to revive Travolta's dying son.
The Travoltas had no comment on the arrests but a lawyer for the family confirmed that they had been preyed upon by opportunists after the death. "Regrettably, in a time of such terrible grief, there are often a few individuals who attempt to make false claims in hopes of making millions of dollars," he said. "We will never let that happen."