John Travolta extortion plot revealed. Surprise! It’s asinine.
Tarino Lightbourn, an EMT who arrived at the scene of Jett Travolta’s death, was charged with conspiracy to commit extortion for trying to blackmail John Travolta for $25 million. Tarino allegedly had a “refusal to transport” document signed at the scene by the actor that he thought would be damaging. It’s not. People reports:
Senior Assistant Commissioner of Police Marvin Dames downplayed the importance of the document.
“The document did not apply in the Travolta case,” Dames tells PEOPLE. “It did not apply because he was very ill, and so, the only alternative would be to take him to the hospital. Refusal to transport documents are for cases involving minor injuries. If your injuries are minor and you don’t want to be transported, the ambulance driver would produce that form. It waives responsibility on the part of the hospital.”
Dames insists the Travoltas did everything possible to save their son.
“We were satisfied from all our investigations that the Travolta family and those who rendered aid to Jett did all that was humanly possible to revive Jett,” Dames says. “All did what they were able to resuscitate him.”
“There’s no evidence to support that there was any effort to avoid medical treatment,” he adds. “Lightbourn said that himself in several interviews.”
While all that explains things, you know what downplays the document even more? It’s probably fake:
For now, the police are having difficulty determining the authenticity of the document Lightbourn allegedly tried to sell to Travolta.
“We don’t know where the original is,” the senior assistant commissioner says. “We don’t know if he generated the document.”
So, Brainiac the EMT driver forged a document whose authenticity can’t even be verified and tried to bilk a grieving John Travolta whose every move is being followed by the press out of $25 million. Not to mention he went through Travolta’s lawyers who, oh I dunno, have a basic understanding of legitimate documentation. And this plan failed? Jesus, what are the odds?