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Travolta Acknowledges Son's Autism

9/23/2009 1:34 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

John Travolta John Travolta made his first public statement acknowledging Jett had autism.

Travolta told the jury in the Bahamas extortion case that Jett was autistic and suffered seizures every 5 to 10 days. Travolta said, "He was autistic. He suffered from a seizure disorder."

Travolta testified the seizures would last 45 seconds to a minute.


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My son has Asperger Syndrome and a seizure disorder and I've gone back and forth on this - the right of a parent to privacy vs. the responsibility of a celebrity to use the celebrity which gives them so much to do as much good as they can. Do we all have a responsibility to do all we can to help others? Do those in a unique position to do good have to? At what point does a celebrity get to call 'enough' when it comes to charity work or fund raising? I still can't decide. Either way, my heart goes out to the Travoltas for the loss of their son, for the ordeal they have been put through since and I wish them peace and healing.

1770 days ago


There are many reasons why I don't buy into the realm of Scientology, and ignorance of medical conditions is up there at the top of the list...
How many other parents are facing criminal charges right now for not seeking proper medical treatment, in the name of religion, for their kids who have died?...Why are the Travolta's any different than the parents who choose prayer over a hospital?...
That being said, I believe that the Travolta's are having a much bigger battle over how their personal beliefs may have contributed to their sons death...Was Jett getting the best treatment their millions could buy, or was he basically left to suffer with the adverse effects of Autism?...Were the Travolta's honest with themselves about Jett's condition?...Were they informed or did they stick to the Scientology plan?...

I don't want to see them suffer any more over this tragic loss, but coming clean about their role in it is a start towards true healing...Unlike Scientology's "leader", God forgives and we should too...We should recognize that there are flaws in us all that make us no better/worse than anyone else...

1770 days ago


# 132 Thank goodness a voice of reason in a sea of awful hurtful comments! # 123 you should do your research before you say one word, The Doctors said Jenny's son Evan had epilepsy it was later after a misdiagnosis that one neurologist discovered it was Autism .Do yourself a favor and get educated on a subject before you comment crap.Oh and go to your local library and loan a book called Mother Warriors ,then tell me about a so called stripper who just wants to make money ,and by the way she made money off her first book about pregnancy. As a Mother with a child on the Spectrum it is a family private matter and how they choose to recover or treat their child. There is no rule book , when your child is sick or has a disability you do what you can and hope it is enough. For John to admit to the public after all these years his son's disability, must have been very difficult , lets remember it is his private family information. Also it is his choice of religion ,we live in America people where we have the right to choice and maybe ,just maybe ,not judge or be judge by others. You know we are all in this together .Peace

1770 days ago


This first goes to that Sandra Jordan broad - and really anyone else who wants to rip the Travolta's for handling things the way they did.

The Travoltas have no obligation to us or anyone else other than their maker, the IRS, and whatever other government entity decides to stick it's nose in. Obviously, already being a high profile celebrity, they wanted to keep their lives private and give their children a protected environment.

We have no idea what they did for their children, how things were treated - we only have whatever we read in our sad pathetic lives of living vicariously by reading the rags about celebrities.

How dare you, or anyone, sit there and make uneducated, unthinking, and just plain cruel statements at a time of mourning for this family?

I have an autistic child myself - I NEVER expect anyone to jump on my bandwagon just because they have a big name - it's certainly helpful, especially if they donate to research in a cure or prevention.. but seriously.. they don't OWE us to do that.

Grow a brain.

1770 days ago


and a note to 'dr fred' comment 81

comparing human beings with a condition to an animal is disgusting, uninformed, and egocentric.

my son is autistic - he has feelings, he has emotions, and i know every one of them. he can not EXPRESS these feelings, but he will tell me he loves me UNPROMPTED - he tells me he is happy.. he does not like angry people and he does not like being angry.

you're an idiot.

1770 days ago


The Travolta's are another excuse for lousy parents who lied about their beloved child's medical condition to save themselves from embarrassment. Why not acknowledge his medical conditon to educate not only the public but the family? I do not feel sorry for them so they can take all of their whining and money and fly away in one of those expensive planes to the House of Scientology with Will Smith, Jenna Elfman, Tom Cruise and the rest of those self-righteous Hollywood hypocrites. Just looking at that kid, you knew something was medically wrong with him.

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