3 Bahamaians Arrested in Extortion Plot Surrounding Jett Travolta’s Death (Tarino Lightbourne, Sen. Pleasant Bridgewater, Obie Wilchcombe)



Police in the Bahamas have arrested three people in connection with an extortion plot against actor John Travolta. The alleged extortion plot was related to circumstances surrounding the death of Travolta’s son Jett earlier this month in the Bahamas.

The initial extortion demand was for $25 million.

As TMZ reported, Wilchcombe, the former Minister of Tourism, was one of three people taken into custody in connection with the $20 million extortion plot against Travolta. Wilchcombe was a friend of the Travolta family. With friends like this, who needs enemies. Wilchcombe was brought to the police station under the pretext of helping authorities crack the case; however, finds himself in custody.

Ironically, the day Jett died, Wilchcombe appeared on Larry King’s show and talked about the details surrounding Jett’s death. He was also recently quoted regarding the plot — “I thought it was a despicable act. One person should not destroy the character of the country.”


TMZ: Travolta Suspect Resigns

Turns out, it may take three. Two others were also taken into custody — Pleasant Bridgewater, a Senator in Parliament, and Tarino Lightbourne, an EMT who tried to revive Jett

UPDATE I: Senator Pleasant Bridgewater resigns

A Bahamas senator accused of trying to extort money from actor John Travolta after his son’s death resigned on Saturday and vowed to prove her innocence.

Sen. Pleasant Bridgewater, an attorney from Grand Bahama, said she plans to fight “untrue and unfair charges” stemming from actions she took as a lawyer.

UPDATE II: Obie Wilchcombe, member of the Bahamaian Parliament released from custody in connection with the alleged extortion plot.

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  • Comments

    9 Responses to “3 Bahamaians Arrested in Extortion Plot Surrounding Jett Travolta’s Death (Tarino Lightbourne, Sen. Pleasant Bridgewater, Obie Wilchcombe)”

    1. Interested Bystander on January 25th, 2009 11:54 am

      Glad to see we can trust those Caribbean politicians once again.

    2. dotratc on January 25th, 2009 2:59 pm

      Aruba keeps looking better and better all the time.

    3. ANewGirl on January 25th, 2009 3:04 pm

      The World is just filled with Losers! Certainly money really is the root of all this evil.

    4. Greg on January 25th, 2009 3:23 pm

      Extortion Plot? For a attorney it is legal. Just another day at the office.

    5. bob on January 25th, 2009 5:13 pm

      You can’t extort money unless you have something to hold against another. What do they have against Travolta? His son smashed his head, but no sign of injury—then a real quick cremation.

    6. PA Mom on January 25th, 2009 6:37 pm

      I met Mr. Travolta when I was a teen and he was a sweathog. It was at a public event in Atlantic City, and he was a genuinly kind and respectful person.

      My heart goes out to the Travolta family. They lost a wonderful son and family member. The only thing these criminals had against Travolta’s is their greed for money.

      I pray this family recovers this tremendous loss of a child that had to fight illness his whole life.

    7. Richard on January 25th, 2009 10:01 pm

      The incentives to be in the Caribbean just grow and grow and grow … Aruba, Curacao, the Bahamas….

    8. dennisintn on January 26th, 2009 3:38 pm

      if it had been aruba, they would have ransomed the child’s body while denying to the press that he had never been on the island and the travolta’s are just out for the insurance money.

    9. Celia Sanchez on September 28th, 2009 2:12 pm

      Shame on the Bahamaians! Hope they get what they deserve! Unless you’ve lost someone dearly and close to your heart, you won’t know that what these extortionists’ have done is HORRIFFIC, as this is a sad and difficult time for both John Travolta and his wife! God has knowledge if everything one does to others, so the wrongful will REAP what they SOW!

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