John Travolta

John Travolta took the stand in a Bahamian court Wednesday to testify in an extortion case where, for the first time, he publically acknowledged that his 16-year-old son Jett suffered from autism, People reports.

"My son was autistic and he suffered from seizure disorder every 5 to 10 days," Travolta told the court. "He would suffer a seizure that would last 45 seconds to a minute and sleep for 12 hours."

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During his testimony, the actor recounted the moments leading up to his son's sudden death back in January.

Travolta testified he was awakened by a nanny before quickly running downstairs to perform CPR on his son. "Jeff [Kathrein], the other nanny, was doing some compressions. I was doing the breathing," said the actor.

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In the trial, the prosecution alleges that Tarino Lightbourne, one of the first paramedics on the scene, conspired with former Bahamas Senator Pleasant Bridgewater to extort $25 million from Travolta in return for not making public a document relating to Jett's treatment. The two have pleaded not guilty.