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Accused 'burnt Travolta document'

John Travolta and wife Kelly Preston
Travolta's son Jett died in Janaury

A woman standing trial for blackmailing actor John Travolta has been accused of burning an important document relating to the case.

Detective Deborah Thompson told the Bahamas court that ex-senator Pleasant Bridgewater destroyed a form relating to the treatment of Travolta's son.

Ms Bridgewater and paramedic Tarino Lightbourne are accused of demanding money from the star after his son died.

The pair allegedly wanted $25m (£15m). They both deny the charges.


Ms Thompson told the court that the day Ms Bridgewater was arrested she destroyed the form with Travolta's signature "after she noticed the situation was about to explode".

The document would have released the ambulance driver of liability had Travolta's son, Jett, been flown to the US from the Bahamas for treatment, as the actor had initially wanted.

However, the 16-year-old ended up being taken to a local hospital where he died in January.

Travolta has told the court that Mr Lightbourne, threatened to sell the media stories suggesting he was at fault in his son's death.

Ms Thompson testified after searching Ms Bridgewater's law office, where the defendant told her the document would never be found as she had burned it and flushed it down the toilet.

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