Medic: Travolta Offered $15M to Hush

Tarino Lightbourne tries to turn the tables on John Travolta at extortion trial
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 15, 2009 9:32 AM CDT
This combo pictures shows Former Bahamas' Sen. Pleasant Bridgewater, right, and paramedic Tarino Lightbourne upon their arrival to court in Nassau, Monday, Sept. 21, 2009.   (AP Photo/Tim Aylen)
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(Newser) – Jett Travolta was “dead, d-e-a-d, dead” before the ambulance arrived, Bahamian paramedic Tarino Lightbourne testified yesterday—adding that it was the Travoltas’ lawyer who offered him $15 million to destroy a “Refusal of Transport/Treatment” document signed by the actor. The paramedic is charged along with a former Bahamas senator with attempting to extort $25 million from Travolta over claims that he and wife Kelly Preston intentionally killed their son.

"[Travolta's lawyer Michael McDermott] said, 'We're going to give you $15 million,' and my eyes popped," Lightbourne testified. "I said, 'I can't even count to $1 million.' I still don't know what extortion is."