John Travolta was forced to relive the last moments of his son Jett Travolta‘s life on Wednesday while testifying in a trial against two people accused of attempting to blackmail the Hollywood star. Jett Travolta, the eldest child of John Travolta and wife Kelly Preston, died after suffering a seizure in the Bahamas in January.
Paramedic Tarino Lightbourne and former Bahamas senator Pleasant Bridgewater are currently on trial on charges of attempting to extort $25 million from John Travolta and his family. They are accused ofÂ trying toÂ bribe money from Travolta in exchange for not releasing a document concerning Jett’s treatment after his collapse.
John Travolta originally wanted to take his son to the airport and fly him to the U.S. for medical treatment and signed a form releasing emergency responders from liability. However, Travolta then changed his mind and allowed paramedics to transport his son to a local hospital in the Bahamas. The two defendants allegedly threatened to release the form to the press if Travolta did not pay them, believing the document might damaging to Jett’s parents. Both defendants have declared they are innocent of all wrongdoing.
John Travolta testified on Wednesday that he desperately tried to save his son. “I ran downstairs with my wife to help my son,”Â Travolta said. Travolta stated he tried to revive Jett by giving him CPR, but it was not effective. Jett Travolta was later officially declared dead at Rand Memorial Hospital on Grand Bahama Island. An autopsy concluded the boy had died of a seizure.