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Medic charged in Travolta 'plot'

Jett and John Travolta
Jett Travolta was the actor's only son

A paramedic has been charged over an alleged plot to extort $25m (18m) from Hollywood star John Travolta, following the death of his son in the Bahamas.

Tarino Lightbourne pleaded not guilty to charges of attempting to extort and conspiracy to extort from the US actor, Magistrate Carolita Bethel said.

Jett Travolta, who was 16, died suddenly on 2 January while holidaying with his family on the islands.

The actor's lawyer said Jett had suffered a seizure.

Prosecutor Bernard Turner objected to Tarino Lightbourne's bail, the Associated Press news agency reported.

He was quoted by the agency as saying the police were looking for a "certain document" and believed they may not find it if the suspect was bailed.

Details of the alleged plot have not been made public.

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