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Witness Testifies About Travolta's Desperation

9/22/2009 1:01 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

John Travolta's DesperationThe first witness has taken the stand in the John Travolta extortion case and testified John initially wanted to take his son Jett to an airport instead of a local hospital.

Police inspector Andrew Wells testified paramedic/defendant Tarino Lightbourne told him John signed a form releasing medical professionals from liability in order to take the dying 16-year-old boy to the airport.

As we previously reported, John thought it would take just as long to put Jett on a plane to Florida -- where he could get better care than at a Bahamian hospital. John had a change of heart en route and Jett went to the hospital, where he later died.

Prosecutors claim Lightbourne and former state senator Pleasant Bridgewater tried extorting Travolta, demanding $25 million in return for not making the release form public.

John is in the Bahamas and could testify later today or tomorrow.

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MJ's KIDS    

I feel for you John

1770 days ago
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Me    

Sad, very sad. Love you John!

1770 days ago
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mrez golucky    

Yikes!

1770 days ago
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Jared    

if you dont believe a certain place doesn't have good health care then perhaps not be a frequent visitor there with your children???!???!!!

1770 days ago
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Pat    

No parent should have to endure the death of a child, but to then have your gutwrenching decisions scrutinized in the courts because of pure greed is shameful. These people are heartless. I hope John can find the strength he needs at this difficult time.

1770 days ago
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ender024    

how did i know the two ppl extorting Travolta would be black????

1770 days ago
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Anon    

I may think Mindhead is bazaar, but what's happening to the Travoltas is really sad.

1770 days ago
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The Truth    

Good place for a vacation but if you go to a Bahamian hospital you will mostly die.The place is full of IDIOTS...

1770 days ago
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Bobo Frog    

#8. "how did i know the two ppl extorting Travolta would be black????"

Because you're racist.

1770 days ago
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jim goosh    

While I feel bad that John Travolta's son died, you must admit that in this picture of him, you can really see how ugly he is with that ridiculous dye job. TYhose eyebrows and hair look like they were made by a "SHARPIE". He's a gross old queen and everyone in the industry knows he's a gaybag.

1770 days ago
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smoveoper8tor    

The Lowest of the low. May they rot in hell after a long stay in a jail cell. Condolence's to John, Kelly and family.

1770 days ago
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k    

My heart breaks for John to have to go through this.

1770 days ago
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Esq    

This is heart wrenching, poor John. I think Scientology is a destructive cult, and many things about the Travoltas seem "off." However, there is no smut herem in John's actions. It's difficult to make split second medical decisions when your loved ones, particularly your children, are at risk. My son was injured in a rural area on a dirt bike, and I agonized over whether to get him to the local, small rural hospital, or transport him two hours away to the modern, metropolitan medical center. Things worked out well in my situation, but I know the stress and second-guessing you do as a parent when these situations arise. In real time, I am sure John did what he felt was best for his son. (Now, if we could just get him away from Xenu and company.)

1770 days ago
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Zoe    

Everyone is rambling on about "poor" John Travolta. The only one I feel for here is Jett, who isn't around because of his rich parents negligence to medicate him because of their beliefs. This boy suffered from FREQUENT SEVERE seizures and died on zero medication, not to mention they wouldn't acknowledge his autism because they didn't believe in that either. I can't believe these people haven't faced criminal charges like faith healing cases. If a child needs medical care and a parent (who has every means to do whatever they must to save a child) choses not to do what would have made the difference, it's just criminal.

1770 days ago
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ShameAboutRaisins    

There is no question that Travolta was taking Jett to the Scientology-sponsored hospital in Clearwater, Florida...it's one of the only places that Scientologists are allowed to be "treated".

1770 days ago
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