Prior Examples of Extortion setups by the Cult OK. This 'extortion' story has hit CNN. Two held in Travolta extortion plot - CNN.com The Travolta lawyers are spinning this pretty hard. I'm not saying they did extort money or they didn't. But the cult isn't the first party I am bound to believe. So that brings me to this question. Are there any prior examples of the cult making 'extortion' claims in order to shut someone up?