Former Bahamas tourism minister Obie Wilchcombe was arrested on Jan. 23 by police in connection with an attempted plot to extort money from actor John Travolta following his son’s death on Grand Bahama Island, according to statements from the Royal Bahamas Police Force.
Wilchcombe, one of three people detained by police in connection with an alleged plot involving the Travolta family, was then released the same day without being charged.
Travolta filed an extortion complaint, citing blackmail attempts against his family that involved a $20 million payment in exchange for a cell phone picture of his son Jett’s body on the way to the hospital. Jett Travolta died on Jan. 2.
Pleasant Bridgewater, a senator from Grand Bahama, resigned her senate seat following her arrest on Jan. 22 on charges of “conspiracy to extort.” Bridgewater was released on $40,000 bail a day later.
Tarino Lightbourne, a paramedic who drove the ambulance to the hospital after Jett Travolta collapsed at Old Bahama Bay resort, was detained by police on Jan. 23 and remains in custody.
Wilchcombe described himself as a close friend of the Travolta family. He claimed that he had been alerted by Bridgewater, who told him that “someone was doing something untowards” regarding photographs of the young Travolta.
Wilchcombe said he had passed on the information to the Travolta family’s lawyers, which led to his questioning by the police, according to the Nassau Guardian.