Ambulance driver Tarino Lightbourne of the Bahamas – the second suspect in the John Travolta extortion case – was charged Monday with attempting to extort and conspiracy to commit extortion against the actor, according to reports.
Lightbourne, 47, allegedly tried to extort $25 million from John Travolta and his family – for what, we don’t know. At his arraignment, he pleaded not guilty.
The details of the alleged extortion plot – which involved Travolta’s late son, Jett Travolta, 16, who died earlier this month – have still not been made public.
Authorities also arrested Sen. Pleasant Bridgewater on charges of abetment to extort and conspiracy to extort. She was released Friday on $40,000 bail. Bridgewater – who has since resigned – said she plans to fight “untrue and unfair charges.”
Lastly, the cops had detained former tourism minister Obie Wilchcombe, but he “has not been charged,” at this time, says Minister of National Security Tommy Turnquest. “He was not arrested; he was questioned on Friday.”
In an interview, Obie Wilchcombe, a longtime friend of Travolta, denied any criminal involvement and said he was only trying to help the actor and his family.
Lightbourne was quoted in celebrity news reports about trying to revive Jett Travolta, who died at the family’s vacation home in Grand Bahama January 2.