Jett Travolta

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Travoltas Hoping for New Jett

They want son's spirit to live on, says ex-Scientologist

(Newser) - John Travolta and Kelly Preston are expecting a baby just 16 months after the death of son Jett—but are they hoping that baby will actually be Jett? That’s what one former Scientologist, who left the church after 24 years, tells the New York Post . “The whole ethos... More »

John Travolta, Ella Bleu Hit Ellen

She makes first talk show appearance on DeGeneres' show

(Newser) - John Travolta filmed his first interview since son Jett’s death, talking to Ellen DeGeneres yesterday in a segment that airs today, E! reports. “I just want to take one moment to thank each and every one of you throughout this country, throughout the world, for all your support... More »

Travolta: Religion Helps Us Cope

John, Kelly speak publicly for first time since Jett's tragic death

(Newser) - Near-daily religious counseling has helped the family cope with the loss of Jett, say John Travolta and Kelly Preston, who spoke out for the first time since his January death. “We've been working very hard every day as a family to heal,” Travolta says, "We have our... More »

'Juror Leak' Sparks Travolta Mistrial

Alleged extortionists to face new trial after word of acquittal gets out

(Newser) - A Bahamian judge ordered a mistrial in the John Travolta extortion case yesterday after a loose-lipped juror apparently spread word that one of the two accused would be acquitted. The judge blamed juror misconduct after a local politician made a speech saying that a former senator—charged along with a... More »

Medic: Travolta Offered $15M to Hush

Tarino Lightbourne tries to turn the tables on John Travolta at extortion trial

(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... More »

Travolta Recounts Effort to Save 'Autistic' Jett

Continuing testimony could be key in $25M extortion case

(Newser) - John Travolta appeared in a Bahamian court today and recounted his efforts to save dying son Jett earlier this year, E! reports. He also publicly acknowledged Jett's troubles for the first time: "He was autistic. He suffered from a seizure disorder." After a nanny woke them to say... More »

Preston to Open Up About Jett

Wants to help other women with grief through her story

(Newser) - Kelly Preston will speak publicly for the first time about the death of her son, Jett Travolta, at an event in October, People reports. “If she can empower one other woman who feels like they can’t get out of bed, or get through the day, whatever the loss,... More »

Actress/ Activist Hannah Arrested

Plus, Angelina Jolie sets her sights on the presidency

(Newser) - Daryl Hannah feels strongly about coal mining—so strongly that she was arrested for protesting it in West Virginia yesterday, E! reports. The actress and 30 others staged a sit-in on a major highway and were charged with impeding traffic. Elsewhere:
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In Police Report, Travolta Admits Son's Autism

Star went against Scientology teachings on diagnosis: Enquirer

(Newser) - In a breach of Scientology protocol, John Travolta admitted his son was autistic, the National Enquirer reports. A statement to Bahamas police following the January death of 16-year-old Jett included a line from Travolta, “My son Jett suffered from a seizure disorder and he was autistic.” In the... More »

Travoltas 'Moving Forward' After Jett's Death

Couple staying strong for each other, friend says

(Newser) - John Travolta and Kelly Preston are leaning on each other as they cope with the January death of 16-year-old son Jett, People reports. Preston seems to be improving, a family friend said. "She sounds rested, like she has turned a corner." And while "they're picking up the... More »

Travolta 'Struggling' With Son's Death: Denzel

(Newser) - Denzel Washington said today he recently spent hours on the phone listening to John Travolta grieve over the death of his son, People reports. "Needless to say, he's struggling," said Washington at a press conference for their film, Taking of Pelham 1 2 3. "So more than... More »

Travolta Extortion Case Nears Trial

Prosecution has gathered all necessary evidence

(Newser) - Bahamian prosecutors are ready to begin the extortion trial against two people accused of trying to profit from the death of Jett Travolta, E! reports. A former senator and a paramedic are charged with attempting to blackmail the Travoltas into giving up $25 million. They had a "failure to... More »

Scientology Helps Travoltas Deal With Loss of Son: Pals

(Newser) - John Travolta and Kelly Preston have kept a low profile since losing their son Jett to a seizure in January, but friends tells People the family isn’t closing itself off. “They aren’t secluding themselves or paralyzed,” says one who’s seen them recently. “Nothing awkward... More »

Ambulance Driver Charged in Travolta Extortion Plot

(Newser) - Paramedic Tarino Lightbourne, the second of three suspects held in the John Travolta extortion case, pleaded not guilty today to conspiracy charges in the Bahamas, E! Online reports. Lightbourne had driven Jett Travolta to a hospital the day he died. The paramedic is being held without bail; a prosecutor says... More »

Lawmaker Charged in Travolta Extortion Quits

(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... More »

Paramedic, Lawmaker Busted in Travolta Extortion Plot

Men accused of trying to blackmail star for $20M over son's death

(Newser) - 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... More »

Travolta Target of Extortion Plot

Pair tried to get 'millions' from star after son's tragic death, lawyers say

(Newser) - Bahamanian police are investigating two alleged extortionists accused of trying to wrangle millions from John Travolta after the Jan. 2 death of his son, Jett. One of the co-conspirators is “believed to be a politician,” the National Enquirer reports, citing a newspaper in the Bahamas, where Jett suffered... More »

Jett's Death Sparked Fears for Autistic Son: McCarthy

Activist can't say if Jett also had autism

(Newser) - The Travolta tragedy hit close to home for former Playmate Jenny McCarthy, whose autistic son also suffers from seizures. “My heart went out to them—such compassion and understanding for what they’ve gone through,” McCarthy told Access Hollywood. “Looking at Jett, I cried out of fear... More »

Travolta to Skip Golden Globes Show

Grieving continues for son's sudden death

(Newser) - Following the sudden seizure death of his 16-year-old son, John Travolta has canceled his appearance at tonight's Golden Globe awards. Travolta had planned to attend to support his film Bolt, which is in the running for Best Animated Feature  and Best Original Song for a duet the actor did... More »

Travoltas Say Goodbye to Jett

Son remembered at private memorial

(Newser) - John Travolta and his family said goodbye to Jett at a private service yesterday in Florida, the Ocala Star-Banner reports. About 100 guests attended, including Lisa Marie Presley, Garth Brooks, and Cal Ripken Jr, says one source. A female minister from the Church of Scientology spoke, and both Travolta and... More »

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