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Travolta's "Friend" Gets Sprung -- For Now

1/24/2009 2:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

UPDATE 12:18PM ET: Pleasant Bridgewater has just resigned. See story below.

Oh the irony ... take a look at Obie Wilchcombe, the former "close friend" of John Travolta family and member of the Bahamaian Parliament, just after he was released from custody in connection with the alleged extortion plot.

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TMZ broke the story that Wilchcombe, the former Minister of Tourism, was one of three people taken into custody in connection with the $20 million extortion plot against Travolta. We know the plot involves the circumstances surrounding Jett Travolta's death but we do not know specifics. The plot does not involve pictures.

Ironically, the day Jett died, Wilchcombe appeared on Larry King's show and talked about the details surrounding Jett's death. He was also recently quoted regarding the plot -- "I thought it was a despicable act. One person should not destroy the character of the country."

Turns out, it may take three. Two others were also taken into custody -- Pleasant Bridgewater, a Senator in Parliament, and Tarino Lightbourne, an EMT who tried to revive Jett.

Wilchcombe was released late yesterday pending further investigation. Bridgewater was charged with abatement to extort and conspiracy to extort and released on $40,000 bail. Lightbourne was still in custody as of last night.

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1.

DD    

I remember seeing/hearing Wilchombe on Larry King, & other news outlets, following the devestating death of John & Kelly's son. I hope each & everyone of these 3 morons, are given far MORE pain, than they caused the Travolta family. Sick, sick beings.

2047 days ago
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Ms_Tell_It_Like_It_Is    

The Bahama government needs a serious house cleaning, all these greedy crooks that run it. As I said before, look at Anna Nicole's case - another official getting close, then screwing a celeb over. Paradise on the outside, HELL on the inside.

2047 days ago
3.

Bex    

Something wrong with this entire pictur, begining with the death of Jett and then everything after.....

2047 days ago
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Inny    

A SENATOR IN THEIR PARLIAMENT...

AND THE PERSON WHO TRIED TO REVIVE JETT...

ARE BUSTED!!!!!!

I WANT TO HEAR...FROM THEIR OWN MOUTHS...THEIR STORY...NOT WHAT THE STINKING MEDIA WRITE.

btw: HOW DID JETT ACTUALLY DIE..
DON'T YOU CARE PEOPLE? Something stunk from the very beginning and nobody seems to CARE. WAKE UP.

2047 days ago
5.

Mr._Tell    

Actually I would have to disagree with you. After having lived there for a few years and being from Britain, I know a thing or two about their politics. The PLP of which both these politicians are a part, is historically linked to corruption, the other parties have fought against it for years. The PLP was the government when the whole Anna Nicole debacle happened. But the people voted them out in the 2007 General elections. So Mr. Wilchcombe and Ms. Bridgwaters are not the government. So saying MOST of the officials are crooked is not fair. But anyway, like I told my mates this morning, I guess extorting money from Travolta is not on the same level as trying to sell a Chicago Senate seat....

2047 days ago
6.

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.

2047 days ago
7.

Harriet    

It is hard enough to keep things on the up and up in the United States. When we leave this country we are dealing with a different culture, a different mores, and different set of laws and values, etc. What one country feels is acceptable another might not. The Anna Nichol soap opera was just one example of what can happen. I don't mean that everyone should stay at home. I just mean that you need to be prepared for the possibility of something different.

2047 days ago
8.

Kitty    

NO Inny. I don't care. It's not my business just like it's not yours. With people like you and the Bahamian officials, this family will never mourn in peace.

2047 days ago
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Inny    

The oldest killing cult are the Catholics...so knock off pointing your dirty finger.

Scientologists didn't strap people on a pole and set them on fire...or tortured them...or sacrificed children...
or killed all the N.Central.S. American Indians...Aborigines. Shut up you sanctimonious freak.

2047 days ago
10.

Kilia    

inny, no the Catholic church doesn't do things like that anymore, but the CoS continues to abuse it own people and critics in ways that are horrendous. Sorry you don't know about it, but if you do, then you are just as guilty of a humongous coverup that is slowly being exposed to the outside world for what it is.

2047 days ago
11.

Dave    

I love when people say Christianity has tortured and killed people during the inquisition and crusades, I assure you if that kind of behavior was going on today it would definitely be protested and investigated...kinda like Scientology is being investigated right now.

2047 days ago
12.

Huh?    

If you have money, don't die in the Bahamas. How Jett died is nobody's business, just the family and coroner. All the money in the world isn't worth being a big celebrity.

2047 days ago
13.

Inny    

Youtube.....Arizona Wilder
Cathy O'Brien
David Icke
Jordan Maxwell
Greg Szymanski Interviews Eric John Phelps 8/20/2008
Svali

If you dare....

wouldn't want live a lie...would you?

2047 days ago
14.

two cents    

Inny:

Youtube: "Mind Control Cults" if YOU dare. See if anything looks familiar to you.

2047 days ago
15.

Inny    

George Carlin:

Religion is mind control.

2047 days ago
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