Betty on the News: John Travolta ‘Disappointed’ Over Extortion Case Mistrial
The actor faces more heartbreak as a judge declares a mistrial.
Judge Anita Allen declared a surprise mistrial Wednesday night in the John Travolta extortion trial, which left the actor and his legal team shocked and saddened.
The judge stated that she believed an individual in the jury had had inappropriate exchanges outside of the jury room, where jurors had been conversing for eight hours. Allen received a tip that an announcement had been made at a rally for the Progressive Liberal Party, where someone said that accused party member – former Bahamian Sen. Pleasant Bridgewater – was “free at last.”
“We are disappointed to hear about the alleged juror misconduct since we know that the Bahamian government, the court, the other jurors and John Travolta as the victim want to have this matter adjudicated through the judicial system,” Samantha Mast, Travolta’s rep, said Wednesday night.
Bridgewater and paramedic Tarino Lightbourn are charged with attempting to extort money from Travolta after his son Jett’s passing from a seizure at the beginning of the year.
“We would have liked to have had a verdict so there would be closure in this case, but we prefer to have a new trial,” Travolta’s lawyer Michael Ossi stated. “We believe the evidence was very strong and convincing. The jury was deliberating for about eight hours. … If, in fact, Tarino Lightbourn or Pleasant Bridgewater were found not guilty, a verdict would have been read hours before this announcement.” (CNN.com)