John Travolta testifies in Bahamas extortion trial
"I ran downstairs with my wife to help my son," Travolta said in a Nassau courtroom.
Travolta is the star witness at the trial of paramedic Tarino Lightbourne and former Bahamas senator Pleasant Bridgewater, who are accused of trying to extort $25 million from the movie star. Both defendants pleaded not guilty to extortion charges.
Travolta said Jett, 16, was autistic and suffered seizures every five to 10 days. He said the seizures would last 45 seconds to a minute and Jett typically slept for 12 hours after each one.
"He was autistic. He suffered from a seizure disorder," Travolta told the jury when asked about his son's condition.
Police say the alleged scheme involved a document related to Jett's treatment. It would have released emergency responders from liability if the family refused an ambulance but police said that did not happen. A police officer testified Tuesday that Travolta signed the release because he initially wanted his son taken to the airport instead of a local hospital.
[Photo: Travolta with wife Kelly Preston on Wednesday. AP]