John Travolta and Kelly Preston 'Overjoyed' With New Baby Benjamin


Cruise also defended the church, which came under scrutiny following Jett's death for speculation that it discourages members from seeking medical care.

"That's just not true. It's actually false," Cruise said. "They say, 'Get your physical, get your medication, get your physical illnesses handled.'"

Jan. 23, 2009

Three Bahamian citizens, including the paramedic who tried to revive Jett, a lawmaker and the former minister of tourism who served as the Travoltas' spokesman, were arrested in an alleged plot to extort money from John Travolta.

Ultimately, paramedic Tarino Lightbourne and Bahamas Senator Pleasant Bridgewater were charged with trying to extort $25 million from Travolta in exchange for a document that Travolta had signed saying he did not want his son transported to the local hospital. Travolta later changed his mind and Jett was taken to a Bahamas hospital.

After an alleged negotiation between Travolta's lawyer, Lightbourne and Bridgewater that was caught on tape, Travolta filed a complaint with the Bahamas police that led to a trial.

Sept. 23, 2009

John Travolta took the stand in the extortion trial, describing his last heartbreaking moments with his son.

"I ran downstairs with my wife to help my son," Travolta said, according to The Associated Press. In his testimony, he said he and Preston were awakened by a nanny around 10:15 a.m. on Jan. 2, the day of Jett's death. Travolta said when he went downstairs, another caretaker was doing chest compressions and he began administering breathing help.

The actor testified that his son Jett, 16, was autistic and suffered seizures every five to 10 days. He said the seizures would last 45 seconds to a minute and Jett typically slept for 12 hours after each one.

"He was autistic. He suffered from a seizure disorder," Travolta told the jury when asked about his son's condition.

Nov. 9, 2009

In his first interview since Jett's death, Travolta told USA Today that almost daily Scientology religious counseling sessions helped the family cope.

"We've been working very hard every day as a family to heal," Travolta said while promoting his film, "Old Dogs," which also starred Preston and their daughter Ella. "We have our own way of doing it, and it has been helping."'s Brian Braiker and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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