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September 23, 2009

Travolta testifies: 'I ran downstairs...to help my son'

Posted: 03:35 PM ET

By Larry Mcshane via New York Daily News

Actor John Travolta, testifying Wednesday against two accused extortionists, publicly confirmed for the first time that his 16-year-old son suffered from autism. travolta-21

The details on Jett Travolta's illness came out as the "Pulp Fiction" star recounted his desperate effort to revive the dying teen at their Bahamas vacation home.

Travolta testified that he performed CPR on 16-year-old Jett in a fruitless effort to save the youth.

Travolta said a caretaker at the home was already working on the unconscious teen when he came to Jett's aid last Jan. 2.

"I ran downstairs with my wife to help my son," said Travolta, whose spouse – actress Kelly Preston – watched his testimony inside the courtroom in the Bahamas.

The 55-year-old Travolta, who has maintained a low profile in the wake of the tragedy, revealed for the first time that his son was autistic and suffered from "a seizure disorder."

The seizures would strike every five to 10 days, Travolta said, and his son would usually sleep for 12 hours after each 60-second attack.

In the past, the Travoltas said only that their son was afflicted by Kawasaki disease, a rare malady that mostly affects young children.

Critics said the Travoltas would not admit their son was autistic because of their belief in Scientology.

Travolta is the star witness in the case against paramedic Tarino Lightbourne and former Bahamas senator Pleasant Bridgewater. The two were charged with trying to shake down Travolta for $25 million. The pair pleaded innocent.

Police said the extortion was tied to a document related to Jett Travolta's treatment.

Travolta testified that he and Preston were sleeping at the family home in the Bahamas when a nanny woke them up with word of the teen's seizure.

After they came downstairs, the star began providing mouth-to-mouth resuscitation as an employee continued with chest compressions.

Travolta arrived at the courthouse in an entourage of SUVs before taking the stand. The family was in the Bahamas to celebrate New Year's before the tragedy.

Filed under: Autism • John Travolta


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Terry, TX   September 23rd, 2009 9:04 pm ET

Leave Mr. Travolta alone......enough already....


Jessie from Auckland, NZ   September 24th, 2009 12:20 am ET

All the best to the Travolta Family and condolences.


Anne   September 24th, 2009 8:06 am ET

It is a tragedy that a child with a seizure disorder was allegedly not on anti-seizure medication and died from an uncontrolled seizure.

I am amazed at the hypocrisy of the media. The Travolta's are the victim of an extortion plot and get sympathy.

Michael Jackson was also the victim of an extortion plot but the justice system allowed a witch hunt to lynch him instead. Michael Jackson was innocent. But the media convicted him. Where is the justice?


alexlyrics   September 24th, 2009 4:14 pm ET

Well I am glad someone will pay for the child's death, even if it was indirectly blackmail after the fall.

I think that more people should do the same, instead of paying people, just have them arrested.


Jacky Ears   September 24th, 2009 11:42 pm ET

Losing a child is absolutely the worst thing a parent can ever face. Someone trying to extort $ due to that loss is dispicible. There are not words strong enough to condemn such a thing.

All the best to the Travolta family, hope you find peace.


carol kesling   September 25th, 2009 1:35 am ET

im glad the travoltas are fighting these people.people like this need to be brought to justice... i only hope they find peace after this terrible act of greed....god bless their family. they are trully a beloved family...


Sheryl   September 25th, 2009 7:18 pm ET

I couldn't have said it better myself, Anne.


JIM CARROLL INTERNETFREEPRESS.COM   September 25th, 2009 8:51 pm ET

WAKE UP MR. PRESIDENT!

MR. PRESIDENT, IT IS STUPID TO ASK STATES TO PUT UP MONEY
TO GET FEDERAL MONEY. STATES HAVE NO WAY TO GET MONEY
EXCEPT FROM TAXES. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS THE ABILITY TO CREATE MONEY, AND IT SHOULD.

EVERY LITTLE COUNTRY OF THE WORLD HAS THE POWER TO
CREATE MONEY; NOT ONE OF THE FIFTY UNITED STATES HAVE
THE POWER TO CREATE MONEY.

MONEY HAS TO BE CREATED BEFORE ITS EQUIVALENT VALUE
CAN BE PRODUCED. MONEY SHOULD ALWAYS BE AVAILABLE
FOR CREATING GOODS AND SERVICES.

IF PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT HAD LISTENED TO REPUBLICANS, ALL
OF US WOULD BE MARCHING TO THE GERMANY GOOSE STEP.
REPUBLICANS ARE TO BE PITIED, BUT IGNORED.

WHILE THE WORLD WALLOWED IN DEPRESSION, ADOLF HITLER WENT TO GREAT EXTREMES TO GAIN CONTROL OF THE
MONEY SUPPLY; AND THEN CREATED THE MONEY NEEDED TO PUT ALL THE PEOPLE TO WORK PRODUCING GOODS AND SERVICES. MR. PRESIDENT, ARTICLE 1, SECTION 8, OF THE CONSTITUTION GIVES THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT
ALL THE POWER NEEDED TO PUT ALL THE PEOPLE BACK TO WORK OR BACK IN SCHOOL. THIS RECESSION IS A PRODUCT OF IGNORANCE.

THE NATIONAL DEBT IS NOT NECESSARY. MONEY SHOULD BE TIED TO THE VALUE OF THE GOODS AND SERVICES THAT AMERICA'S HANDS AND MIND PRODUCE.

WE NEED TO GET OFF OF A GOLD STANDARD MENTALITY. WE DON'T NEED ANY OF CHINA'S MONEY. WE CAN NOT GO BANKRUPT UNLESS WE LET IGNORANCE RULE. WE CAN NATIONALIZE THE NATIONAL DEBT IF NECESSARY.


Letta   September 26th, 2009 6:06 pm ET

Sorry to hear about the lost of their son. Hope that the family is doing well, my heart goes out to you.


Mr. Britt   September 27th, 2009 10:32 pm ET

@ ANN, this blog is NOT about Michael Jackson, LET IT GO


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