He says Pleasant Bridgewater tried to sell him a document she claimed was damaging to Travolta

By Liz McNeil and Siobhan Morrissey
Updated October 01, 2009 12:00 PM
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A day after John Travolta testified about the first phone call he received in the alleged extortion attempt regarding the death of his son Jett, an attorney for the star took the stand Thursday to explain how he was first notified of the plot.

Michael McDermott, a Florida based lawyer, testified about a call he allegedly got from Pleasant Bridgewater on behalf of Bahamian paramedic Tarino Lightbourn, one of the first EMTs on the scene the morning of Jett’s death in the Bahamas on Jan. 2, 2009.

McDermott testified that during the Jan. 12 call, Bridgewater said she wanted to sell the Refusal of Transport/Treatment document that Travolta had signed. According to McDermott, Bridgewater said the document was important because, “Mr. Travolta either intentionally killed his child or was negligent and that this document is evidence that Mr. Travolta tried to flee the jurisdiction with his child’s dead body.”

Bridgewater and Lightbourn are accused of demanding $25 million to hand over the release form. The document – signed after both Travolta and paramedics were unable to revive Jett – would have allowed the actor to fly his son to a hospital in Florida rather than have to drive the 30 miles to a local ER.

According to McDermott, Bridgewater said, “The documents can be Mr. Travolta’s or can be the world’s. I’m simply calling to inquire whether or not you are interested in acquiring the documents.”

McDermott then said he asked Bridgewater, “What is your client looking for? Does he want to get reinstated in his job?” (McDermott testified that Lightbourn had been suspended for 30 days from his job.) According to McDermott, Bridgewater responded, “No, he wants money.”

McDermott then asked if she realized this was “extortion” in the United States. He allegedly told her, “You are playing a dangerous game, lady. If I go to the police, you will be in big trouble.”