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Alleged Extortionist May Have Backstabbed Obie

1/27/2009 4:52 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

John TravoltaNew details in the John Travolta extortion case. TMZ has learned why Bahamian cops are investigating Obie Wilchcombe, a member of Parliament and John's close friend.

Sources connected with the investigation tell us Pleasant Bridgewater -- the lawyer who has been charged with trying to extort $25 million -- told Travolta's lawyers during her alleged extortion negotiations that Wilchcombe would be getting between 1/4 and 1/3 of the loot. Sources say those conversations were taped and those recordings are in the custody of police.

We're also told there are no tapes of Wilchcombe discussing the matter with Travolta's lawyers.

Wilchcombe, who was detained by cops last week and is still under investigation, insists he had no part in the alleged conspiracy and did a "noble thing" by giving Travolta's lawyers a heads up.

Here's what's ironic...Wilchcombe said a few days back he believed only EMT Tarino Lightbourne was involved in the extortion, thus siding with Pleasant Bridgewater. Little did he know she tried implicating him.

BTW -- there are reports that the FBI is investigating the case. That's bogus.

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Lexi Simmons    

Dee:
"celebrities should think twice about taking their families to the Bahamas"

I want to know where you get off criticizing an entire country for the acts of a few stupid people. What you said, in my opinion, is tantemount to classifying an entire race as lazy, or criminal solely based on the behavior of a few. To do this, you must be lacking in common sense. What Mr. Lightbourne, and Ms. Bridgewater attempted to do reflects badly on them, and ONLY them. In reference to the Anna Nicole tragedy - as previously mentioned, both her and her son had pre-existing drug problems. Any complications (their deaths) that resulted from this, can in no way be blamed on the Bahamas. Also, as someone else said, she did not die in our country. Concerning the media circus surrounding Daniel's death, the US media created that problem. And as far as the custody fight for Dannielynn, once again, we were not responsible (jurisdiction issues). The Bahamas' only fault in these situations was that we had the misfortune to be the location where these events occurred. With that in mind, in the future I hope you spend some time considering your words BEFORE you make any other stupid comments.

2062 days ago
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crystal    

TOTALLY BOGUS BS COMING FROM THE BAHAMAS AGAIN>ALL THOSE BLACK TRASH ARE WANTING SOMETHING FOR NOTHING >>>AS USUAL>IM NOT RACIEST BUT WE SEE IT EVERY DAY IN AMERICA WITH THE AIDE TO FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN .MORE THAN HALF OF THESE BLACK GIRLS GET PREGNANT BECAUSE THEY DONT WANT TO GET THEIR LAZY ASSES UP OUT OF BED IN THE MORNING AND GO TO WORK!!!!!! THEY WANT TO GET PREGNANT AND HAVE THE GOVERNMENT PAY OUT MONEY EVERY MONTH FOR THEM AND THE KIDS TO EAT ANDGET BETTR MEDICAL HELP THEN THE HONEST ELDERLY.I DIDNT SEE ANY WHITE PEOPLE TRYING TO EXTORT THE TRAVOLTAS .......HAS ANYOE ELSE? NOPR DONT THINK SO.THEY THOUGHT THEY SEEN AN GET RICH SCHEME FAST AND THEY TRIED TO GO WITH IT,BUT IT BACKFIRED.TO MAKE SURE IT NEVER HAPPENES AGAIN THE JUDGE SHOULD ORDER THE HANDS REMOVED FROM EVERY INDIVIDUAL INVOLVED AND MAYBE JUST MAYBE IN THE LONG RUN THEY WILL GET IT THRU THEIE THICK SCULLS THAT CRIME DOESNT PAY.TORTURE IS TOO MILD FOR THESE IDIOTS THO.I SAY STAND THEM IN LINE AND SHOOT THEM PUBLICALLY. THESE PEOPLE ARE ANIMALS AND SHOULD BE TREATED AS SUCH.ACTUALLY ANIMALS WOULDNT STOOP SO LOW.

2062 days ago
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Lexi Simmons    

crystal:

We (Bahamians) are NOTHING like the Black Americans you are referring to. We work HARD for what we have, and for you to categorize us based on the actions of YOUR people is asinine. The Bahamas, as a whole, is comprised of God fearing (we ARE a Christian nation - so God is still in OUR schools), family orientated (we still have dinner together, and spend quality family time with each other), educated (we don't have high, school drop out rates), hard-working (for the most part anyone not working was laid off due to economic decline) people.The people involved in the incident are wrong - no-one is arguing that point. We are simply stating that it's illogical to conclude that their actions would be the same of every other person in the country.

I also find it hilarious that you have the nerve to call us "black trash," when you can't even spell. As far as being "RACIEST" (or racist - you know, the proper spelling) - if it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, and looks like a duck...it's a duck!

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