The Bahamians accused of blackmailing John Travolta with information about his son's death offered to spread their demand for $10 million over four years, the actor's lawyer said.
Michael McDermott testified in a Nassau courtroom that after negotiating with defendants Pleasant Bridgewater and Tarino Lightbourne, the price for quashing a medical waiver Travolta signed after son Jett, 16, died, dropped from $25 million. McDermott said he agreed on behalf of Travolta to make the payments over four years.
But the lawyer said it was a setup, because he knew cops had the hotel room where talks took place bugged.
The "Saturday Night Fever" star testified earlier that the alleged extortionists claimed to have information that would make Travolta look partially responsible for the death of his son. Jett Travolta died Jan. 2 after suffering a seizure in the hotel where his family was staying. Travolta signed a form releasing medics from liability during the frenzied moments after the boy was stricken.
Travolta didn't want Jett treated by locals, because, according to an earlier witness, he wanted to take Jett straight to the airport. Travolta reportedly believed his son could be flown to Florida nearly as quickly as he could be driven to a hospital, and that he would get better care in the U.S. Travolta changed his mind en route, and had Jett taken to a Bahamas hospital, where he died.
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