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Travolta Friend, 2 Others Arrested in Extortion Plot

1/23/2009 6:29 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

John TravoltaUPDATE 11:35 PM ET -- After being detained earlier in the day, Wilchcombe was released pending further investigation. Sen. Pleasant Bridgewater was charged with abetment to extort and conspiracy to extort and released Friday on $40,000 bail. Lightbourne remained in police custody.

UPDATE 6:52 PM ET --
A police official tells TMZ Wilchcombe was initially brought to the police station under the pretext of helping authorities crack the case, but is now "implicated" in the alleged extortion plot -- that's why he's currently in custody.

We've learned...Obie Wilchcombe, the former Minister of Tourism, was one of three people in the Bahamas who was arrested by Bahamian police in connection with an alleged $20 million extortion plot against John Travolta, local authorities tell TMZ.

Wilchcombe was a very close friend of the Travolta family. On Larry King's show, he talked about how the family was coping with Jett's death.

Just yesterday, he told the media, "I thought it was a despicable act. One person should not destroy the character of the country."

On Larry King's show, Wilchcombe talked about the intimate details of the funeral home and the cremation, etc.

Wilchcombe has said no politician was part of the plot and said only one person was involved. Yet two of the three people arrested were politicians -- Wilchcombe, a Senator in Parliament named Pleasant Bridgewater and an ambulance driver named Tarino Lightbourne. Lightbourne reportedly was one of the EMTs who tried to revive Jett.

Wilchcombe is a current member of Parliament.

The videos below show Wilchcombe calling into "Larry King Live" on the day Jett died and Lightbourne doing an interview with "Inside Edition" the next week.

Larry King Live: Click to watchInside Edition: Click to watch

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76.

You Can Do Better    

It seems that some of the first reponders have sank to a new low, and TMZ has chosen to go along for the ride. Low, even for TMZ.

1998 days ago
77.

Randy D. Cobbs    

Why do they have to start a bunch of crap after someone dies?????Just let them alone, (the family) to grieve thier loss. There should be a law to CUTT OFF THE HANDS OF ANYONE THAT KNOWINGLY HARRASES A FAMILY,(superstar, or plainjane people) like you and I , or a Star. LEAVE THEM ALONE !!!!!HAVEN'T THEY , AND AREN'T THEY SUFFERING ENOUGH? I wished the hell it was happening to the people that are doing this stuff to the Travolta's and the precious memories of thier Son. PLEASE, I BEG YOU, LEAVE THEM ALONE,PLEASE.Would you not want the same if it were you???????
Captain Randy Lee Denney Cobbs
#32 degree Mason
Holland Lodge #1
Houston , Texas

1998 days ago
78.

tcidda    

some friend.this useless piece of whatever should be drawn and quartered.

1998 days ago
79.

Mud    

Foghorn Leghorn, nothing happened to Anna and her son, they both were bigtime junkies who were so stupid they o.d.

1997 days ago
80.

two cents    

Poor John and his lousy cult...They tried to buy off Bahama's government, and when they couldn't, they screamed "EXTORTION!"

What were they trying to hard to hide. Those crazy clams, they don't even realize how ridiculous they appear to the outside world. Just google mysterious deaths in scientology. Jett is not the first, and he won't be the last. When a member dies, they are told to call the cult first, so they can stage the area before police is called. Dont' worry. You low level clams don't have a clue, you're not important enough or bring in enough money to know what happens at the top. Didn't Miscaviage's mother-in-law's death get ruled a suicide? The woman was shot 3 times, in the chest, with a rifle! Poor Jett, he won't be the last. Just another regular day in the cult of scientology.
RIP Jett. I'm so sorry you had culties for parents. You'ld still be alive in the real world.

1997 days ago
81.

Maria    

I would stop going on vacations in Bermuda, lowlife's and scalywags live in paradise too!
There is no reason to go out of the country for a holiday. There are probably more scoundrels lurking about overseas waiting for the naive U.S. citizen especially actors and their families. Just because they have money and fame it does not mean they are exposed to "better people" of a higher caliber, in fact they are exposed to manipulators.

1997 days ago
82.

LA Girl    

These people are the slime of the earth, especially the man who was friends to the Travolta family. The family is grieving and trying to deal and come to terms with their loss. Some greedy jerk gets the idea to blackmail them into paying for the photograph they are dying to sell to some tabloid. The human race seems to decline every day.

1997 days ago
83.

Jake    

Tell Larry King to quit and get out of sight. FAR our of sight. SOON, if not immediately. Please!

1997 days ago
84.

HA HA    

Thankyou TMZ !!! You know why . { # 14 } You really did the right thing . : )

1997 days ago
85.

Michael61    

This is just really really sad. A kid has died and someone wants money. What are they extorting anyway? Until we know shame, shame, shame on them. How ruthless this world is becoming. We all need to look up because we all need Jesus. Dear Lord Jesus, Please comfort the Travolta family. Please help the people involved in this extortion mess. Touch each and every one of us for we need Your guidance, Your comfort and Your Love in these troubled times. Lord we know You have called Jett home to be with You. Please touch the Travolta family and let them know he is safe and with You. We ask all of this in Your name, Amen, Amen, Amen

1997 days ago
86.

mike from san pedro cali    

Heres one for you..
Obama and the black caucus took contributions from freddie mac bank execs..Obamas take was 122,000 look it up
I just learned yesterday on youtube.com........Obama then becomes president and halt any pay raises to anyone in his staff making more then 100,000.I thought he was different..I actually voted for him..I feel stupid
I cant trust anyone with an agenda...greed ,thats what it comes down to.

1997 days ago
87.

john mitchell    

most politicians and lawyers in the Bahamas are corrupt parasites mascarading as servants of the people. I am suprised the corrupt Royal Bahamas Police Force actually made an arrest against any politician, Sen. Bridgewater is already accused of theft in a prior case and everyone knows Obie stole million swhen he was Min.for Tourism, you would think he had enough

1997 days ago
88.

jake russell    

THIS IS SAD WHAT HAPPENED TO JOHN TRAVOLTAS SON. BUT I KNOW FOR SURE THEY WAS INCRIMINATING PICTURES. I AM A BAHAIMIAN WHO LIVES IN WEST END. TRINO IS STUPID HE SHOULD HAVE SOLD THE PICTURES TO A MAGAZINE COMPANY IN THE US AND NO ONE WOULD HAVE NEVER KNOWN. SENATOR BRIDGEWATER SHOULD HAVE NOT TRUSTED ALLISON MAYNARD GIBSON. OBIE WILCHOMBE I KNOW HE FEELS LIKE MESS. BECAUSE HE REALLY NEEDED THAT MONEY. HIS MOTHER IS SICK IN THE UNITED STATES. SHE IS CRIPPLED AND CAN NOT WALK. THE WILCHOMBE FAMILY RAN OUT OF MONEY. AND SHE IS ABOUT TO PUT OUT OF THE HOSPITAL. SO THEY REALLY NEEDED THE MONEY THAT THEY WAS TRYING TO EXTORT FROM JOHN TRAVOLTA. GOOD JOB ALLISON MAYNARD GIBSON FOR DESTROYING THE PLP PARTY. SO I GUESS JAN AND HILTON BOWLEG WILL NOT BE GETTING NO MONEY. BECAUSE THEY BE DOWN WITH OBIE WITH ALL OF HIS DIRT. OUT,OUT, KEEP THE PLP OUT. THE LAUGH IS ON YOU GUYS NOW

1996 days ago
89.

Indira Edwards    

When a love one is lost it is very difficult and I extend my deepest sympathy to the Travolta family. I am deeply saddened by this discovery, as a native Bahamian once again our beautiful country is tainted with news of corruption. It is my hope that this situation is immediately investigated and those persons found guilty is dealt with according to the laws of our country. Prime Minister Ingraham and The Bahamas government need to reassure the world that the Bahamas will not accept this type of behavior.

1995 days ago
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anonymous bahamian    

I'm from the Bahamas and personally Obie and Pleasant Bridgewater.. hmm well it wouldn't surprise me ONE bit if they end up being "guilty" but that shouldn't reflect on the entire Bahamian community.. Not everyone is like that here. Just to throw that in there.

1994 days ago
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