Lawmaker Charged in Travolta Extortion Quits

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 24, 2009 6:44 PM CST
In this image released by Rogers & Cowan public relations, Jett Travolta, the son of actor John Travolta, is shown in an undated family photo.   (AP Photo/Rogers & Cowan)
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(Newser) – A Bahamas lawmaker quit today after police charged her with trying to extort millions from John Travolta following his son's death, the AP reports. "How these innocent actions can be so misconstrued... is a mystery," said Pleasant Bridgewater, who vowed to fight the charges. Sources tell TMZ that Bridgewater and two accomplices were recorded as they tried to extort $25 million from Travolta.

Police are reviewing the audio recordings of negotiations between Travolta's reps and the alleged plotters. One suspect, former Minister of Tourism and ex-Travolta pal Obie Wilchcombe, was released today. He had called the plot "a despicable act" that threatened "the character of the country." The extortion involved Jett Travolta's death, but details are yet to emerge.