Actor John Travolta, who is expecting a baby boy with his wife Kelly Preston, decided to drop charges in the extortion case involving Tarino Lightbourne and Pleasant Bridgewater, who allegedly tried to extort millions of dollars from the actor after Jett Travolta’s tragic death in the Bahamas.
The case was called a mistrial in October of 2009, but Jett and Kelly decided to ask for them to be retried. Now, the couple gives up on the case because of the emotional turmoil associated with going back to the Bahamas and to testify for a second time in a new trial.
“I am grateful and appreciative of the dedication, hard work and support provided by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Royal Bahamas Police Force while handling matters associated with the attempted extortion that targeted my family in January of 2009,” Travolta said in a statement.
“Throughout the investigation and prosecution, my staff and I remained fully supportive of all requests for assistance from law enforcement representatives even though this cooperation was at a great emotional cost to my family,” he said.
“Unfortunately, in early October of last year the first trial of this matter resulted in a mistrial. Almost a year later, the long pending status of this matter continued to take a heavy emotional toll on my family causing us to conclude that it was finally time to put this matter behind us,” Travolta explained. “Therefore, after much reflection I concluded that it was in my family’s best interest for me not to voluntarily return to The Bahamas to testify a second time at trial. We are thankful to the people of The Bahamas for the friendship, love and support they provided to us during this matter.”
Kelly and John, who was recently put in the center of a secret gay spa subculture, seem to be finally ready to move on as they concentrate on the arrival of their new baby in November.