Monday, January 26, 2009

Bahamas medic charged in Travolta extortion plot

NASSAU (Reuters) – A Bahamian paramedic pleaded not guilty and was held without bail on Monday on charges he conspired to extort $25 million from John Travolta after the actor's son died in the Bahamas this month.

Bahamian police said last week they were investigating a complaint by Travolta of an extortion plot against him. Neither police nor prosecutors have elaborated on the nature of the scheme.

Prosecutors allege the paramedic, Tarino Lightbourne, 47, tried to extort Travolta by means of threats. They also charged him with forgery.

Magistrate Carolita Bethel adjourned his hearing until Wednesday, when a former senator, Pleasant Bridgewater, is due in court to face charges of conspiracy to extort and abetment in connection with the case.

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