Betty on the News: John Travolta Wants Extortion Trial Transferred to the US
After a judge in the Bahamas declared a mistrial in the John Travolta extortion case, the actor’s lawyer works on having the case moved to Florida for a new trial.
-Margeaux Baulch Klein
After a judge in the Bahamas declared a mistrial in the John Travolta extortion case, the actor and his wife Kelly Preston are hoping to transfer the case to the U.S.
Former Bahamas senator Pleasant Bridgewater and paramedic Tarino Lightbourne are accused of trying to extort $25 million from Travolta after his 16-year-old son Jett Travolta died of a seizure at the family’s home there in January.
“I have asked the Bahamian authorities to preserve all the evidence for the FBI to review, and I have written to the federal government and the Bahamian government about trying the case in Florida. The original call was made from the Bahamas to Florida, so there is jurisdiction for a trial in the U.S,” said Travolta’s lawyer, Michael Ossi, to the New York Post.
If successful in transferring the case to the U.S., Ossi added that Travolta is willing to testify again.
“The family would like to privately begin their long healing process without the prospect of more litigation over their heads. But we have no choice,” he said. (IMDB)