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Wilchcombe Outraged by Extortion Claim

1/25/2009 7:35 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Obie Wilchcombe & John TravotlaObie Wilchcombe -- who was very close to the John Travolta family -- has broken his silence, saying he had nothing to do with any extortion plot -- and it appears he thinks the woman charged with extorting John is clean as well.

Wilchcombe told Us Magazine he was approached early last week by Pleasant Bridgewater, who just resigned her seat in Parliament after being charged with conspiracy to extort on Friday. Wilchcombe says Bridgewater told him "someone was doing something untowards" and he was asked to forward the info on to Travolta's lawyers.

Wilchcombe, who was detained by Bahamian cops for questioning and released Friday, insists he was not involved in the alleged conspiracy and "never once [asked] for anything."

Here's what's interesting. Wilchombe says the attempted extortion was committed by "one single individual." It appears he's talking about EMT Tarino Lightbourne, who we're told is still in custody. But cops believe definitely more than one individual was involved because Bridgewater already has been charged with conspiracy.

Sources tell us Wilchcombe maintains Bridgewater got wind of the extortion attempt and told him so he could pass it along to Travolta's lawyers. Wilchcombe told Us Magazine he "did a noble thing" by giving Travolta's people a heads up.

As we reported yesterday, the initial extortion demand was $25 million and Travolta's lawyers set up the extortionists by pretending to negotiate. The extortionists allegedly haggled down to somewhere between 10 and 20 million dollars -- we're told somewhere in the middle. And, we're told, cops have recordings of conversations.

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37211    

If somebody doesn't get in there and cover this properly, the EMT is going to end up as a mysterious suicide and the clams will get it all to just go away.
Jett deserves better, he deserves the whole truth to be told.
Maybe it could make life better for another child.
Is Geraldo over there?
Greta VS is a $cientologi$t, she'll help sweep it all away, get somebody over there that wants the truth. Heads are rolling anyway, some good might as well come out of it...

2060 days ago
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A Bahamian    

John Q Public,
You mean honest leaders like bush? tch tch watch it now, the last 8 years have taken away the US's right to judge other countries. Get your affairs in order before you guys judge. Put bush and his crew in jail and then come talk to us about the right thng to do. The three accused in this were taken into police custody after less than three days, two of whom have been charged with a crime! That is quick and decisive action and I am extremely proud of my country for showing the US how to deal with criminal politicians!!!!

2060 days ago
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SOULJAHFORCHRIST    

I'M a proud Bahamian, and i know that this is the best place in the world to live, .JonQ WE DON'T KILL WHITE PEOPLE WHAT U BASED THAT ON?we don't kill for a living either,.there a murders everywhere you go its not suject to the bahamas. ALL of the people are not crooks, we are honest people and in this case of travolta the truth will be told, we dont know the truth, so let's not jump to conclusion, they didn't get any money from him so i dont know what the big deal is , but we will know shortly! kudos to our legal system this case should be treated like any other case!

2059 days ago
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Scorpio-Ice    

First of all Chris (comment #18) Obama has nothing to do with this and that comment was just stupid.

And 'A Bahamian' I totally agree with your comment (# 32). I could not agree more. No country has the right to judge us. We dealt with the situation in the proper manner. To anyone from the US who is hypocritical enough to point the finger I say: Why don't you focus on the people within your country laying off hard working folk as if the damn recession walked in their buildings and burned up all the money. How about those thieves? Buying planes when people are committing suicide because they can't feed their babies. There's crime everywhere. Liar, thieves and murderers galore...we didn’t create it in the Bahamas and this ain’t anything new to the world so get over it.

To the other fair people who see this for what it is...I applaud and I welcome you to my country. Enjoy.

2053 days ago
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