Bahamas senator accused in Travolta plot resigns

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A Bahamas lawmaker accused of trying to extort money from actor John Travolta after the death of his son is resigning.

Former Sen. Pleasant Bridgewater says she is innocent but that she needs to fight what she calls "untrue and unfair charges."

Police arrested her Thursday on charges of abetment to extort and conspiracy to extort. She was released Friday on $40,000 bail.

Bridgewater on Saturday called the ordeal a "nightmare" and said her "innocent actions" as an attorney were misconstrued. She did not provide details.

Police also detained an ambulance driver and a former tourism minister who has since been released.

Police said Travolta had filed a complaint of attempted extortion but did not release details.

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