From Dallas Morning News: Daystar, the Bedford-based Christian television network, faces another lawsuit from a former employee, this one claiming sexual harassment.
Jennifer Falcon alleges that her supervisor, Bill Trammell – father of network co-founder Joni Lamb – inappropriately touched her, often spoke to her “about sexual things” and once told her he “wanted to be a husband to her until she found one.”
Falcon’s petition, filed in federal court, says she tried to get a transfer but couldn’t afford to quit, as a single mother.
“Daystar lawyers are in receipt of and have reviewed the petition and vigorously deny these outrageous allegations,” the network said in a prepared statement.
“Further, any and all employment claims by the plaintiff are barred by an enforceable termination release agreement, which she voluntarily signed and for which she gladly received benefit.”
Falcon’s suit says she was fired in February 2010 and signed a waiver of claims under duress, having heard from a Daystar executive that she would lose her benefits if she didn’t.
Daystar was founded by Marcus and Joni Lamb, a husband-and-wife team who built it into the second largest Christian network, broadcasting to more than 200 countries.
In November, the Lambs acknowledged on a live Daystar broadcast Marcus Lamb’s past adultery with a former employee. They said their marriage had been restored but alleged a $7.5 million extortion attempt by three other former employees represented by Dallas lawyer James Fisher.
The Lambs claimed Fisher said if the money wasn’t paid he would expose the adultery story to the media. Fisher said he merely went to Daystar lawyers, seeking a settlement.
Bedford police quickly dropped an investigation into the extortion claim.
Fisher filed a suit in state district court on behalf of Jeanette Hawkins, a former Daystar marketing executive who claimed she was fraudulently hired to work in a Christian environment by Marcus Lamb and the female executive with whom he was having the affair.
Daystar filed a countersuit against Hawkins, Falcon and another former employee, claiming they tried to extort the network.
Fisher represents Falcon in her federal court suit, which also says she was defamed by the extortion allegation.
Daystar’s statement called the defamation claim “equally preposterous” to her others.
Entire lawsuit can be read here: http://media.nbcbayarea.com/documents/daystar-lawsuit-021611.pdf
From me: It’s time the network repented and came clean. It’s time for stubbornness to end and contrition to begin. This has got to stop. Joni and Marcus, it’s time to step down, put the network into other hands, and get back on the narrow road. Take a sabbatical so you can get right with God. Your network and staff are corrupted because you corrupt the Word of God. How? By letting con artists on the air, con artists who scam the flock out of their money. Enough.
The following in black is from the Religion News Blog. I just read this and was amazed. However, I’ve been to Africa and know that evangelist crusades there are scams for the most part. These poor people can’t even feed their families every day, yet North American scam evangelists (scamgelists) make them pay hefty amounts to even get into crusades. It’s very sad. Taking advantage of the poor and naive is utter evil. And of course, Benny Hinn is on Daystar. May God bring all of these wolves down. Jesus is Lord!
Many so-called ‘Christian’ preachers go to great lengths to separate their followers from their money.
The latest reported ‘prosperity’ scam was reportedly committed by Todd Koontz, a guest speaker at the recent Benny Hinn “Miracle Crusade” in South Africa.
Apparently, in exchange for a gift of $1,000, 500 believers would receive an “exceptional blessing”.
According to Koontz the blessing would be “poured out for only two minutes.”
‘God bless your credit card’
Johannesburg – God’s blessing would last only two minutes and it would create 500 church-going millionaires or even billionaires – all they had to do was use their credit cards to pay $1 000 in offerings to televangelist Benny Hinn.
Pastor Tommie Ferreira of the AGS Church in Johannesburg was so upset about the “blessing” that, after a week, he wanted to know who of the donors actually had become millionaires.
Ferreira told Rapport he did not mean to bring about Hinn’s downfall.
He merely wanted to know if any of the hundreds of churchgoers who donated amounts of up to $1 000 (about R7 500) to Hinn’s Miracle Crusade last week Saturday had now become millionaires.
About 18 000 people streamed to the Coca-Cola Dome in Randburg to hear Hinn’s message of healing and miracles.
Ferreira, who is a keen choir singer, voluntarily sang in the Miracle Crusade’s choir.
He said one of Hinn’s American guest speakers, Pastor Todd Koontz, spoke about financial burdens and said 500 audience members would receive “an exceptional blessing”.
“He said the service would yield millionaires and billionaires within 24 hours.
“Everyone had to donate $1 000 because an exceptional blessing rested on $1 000.”
Koontz apparently really had the congregation scrambling when he said, “This blessing will be poured out for only two minutes.”
Ferreira said: “People stormed to the front – poor people, rich people, people from all sections of our society.”
Hinn’s co-pastors apparently had credit-card machines ready with which they could take donations.
“He (Koontz) said God would bless the people’s credit cards and they would be able to rule over South Africa with their money.
“Eventually there were no fewer than 1 000 people who made such donations.”
According to Ferreira’s calculations, Hinn must have collected millions of rands with these donations – perhaps more than R7m if each of the 1 000 church-goers donated $1 000 in the hope of becoming millionaires.
Furthermore, after Koontz’s collection of the $1 000 donations, Hinn collected general donations.
Dr Sarel Smit of the AGS church Lofstad in Hursthill, Johannesburg, who supported Ferreira as he spoke to Rapport, was equally worried about the method by which Hinn collected donations.
“Especially at a time like this when there is dire need, people run the risk of losing their faith in the Lord in this way. God will provide for your needs, but not your greed.”
Rapport spoke to an employee in Hinn’s South African office in Durban who said on Friday morning that they were still busy collecting money.
He said that before the collection of the $1 000 donations, Koontz had delivered a message about “you reap what you sow”.
The naive, blind part of me hopes not. But why hasn’t he repented publicly for deceiving donors for the seven years he allegedly had his affair and the two years after that when he and Joni hid the sin? Why didn’t they come clean back then? It seems they only came clean when they were forced to. This is unacceptable behavior for leaders in the body of Christ. Actually, it’s sin as well. The whole mess makes me angry and want to throw up. It’s time, Marcus, to repent for the rest of it: deceiving donors for a decade, paying hush money so that you wouldn’t be exposed, and being a hypocrite. All those years you and Joni sat in front of cameras and gave the impression that you were the perfect Christian couple, both of you were hiding the truth. This is the ultimate hypocrisy. I implore you to repent. Humble yourselves and you will be exalted. Right now, your deception is being exalted. This should not be, Lambs. This should not be. I know we all sin and mess up, but when we’re found out, we must make things right. Are you Marcus Lamb or Marcus Wolf? And Joni, you too must repent for hiding the truth. Pretending that you had a perfect marriage makes you a hypocrite as well. Please do what’s right.
Last but not least here, Lambs, you are both arrogant. You didn’t think you had to come clean with the public after the adultery was exposed. You didn’t think that you owed your viewers humility and transparency. This is pride. And while Marcus slept with his mistress year after year, both of you slept with false doctrine and promoted it on your network. This adulterous affair you continue in, allowing false teacher after false teacher to spread an unbalanced prosperity message, extort baby Christians out of their hard-earned money (give or you will not be blessed!), and bring shame upon God and His glorious gospel. Your network is a Babylon, full of luxury and all forms of greed, and it stinks in the nostrils of our holy and loving Creator. Your treachery has not gone unnoticed, and while your smiling white teeth may deceive the simple, they do not deceive the mighty. It’s time to repent for it all, Lambs. It’s time to repent for it all.
For those of you who defend their sins and lack of contrition, you are not walking in love. True love says “Go and SIN NO MORE.” We should all hold each other accountable for walking in the light, not dismiss gross sin when we see it. These leaders get away with all kinds of sick wickedness because the Body of Christ lets them. God is waiting for us to do the Word, people:
Ephesians 5: 3 But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. 4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. 5 For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person—such a person is an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. 6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient. 7 Therefore do not be partners with them. (Are you still sending disobedient Christians your money? If you are, you are in sin!)
8 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light 9 (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) 10 and find out what pleases the Lord. 11 Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. 12 It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. 13 But everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light. 14 This is why it is said:
“Wake up, sleeper,
rise from the dead,
and Christ will shine on you.”
P.S. You that counseled the Lambs to hide their sin need to repent, too. Most of you televised leaders have become so arrogant you think you can live outside the word of God. Yet you are accountable to us. You are to serve Christians, not serve up Christians’ bank accounts to yourselves like ravenous money gluttons. Wolves, you are. Wolves!
Exclusive: Former employee sues Daystar founder Marcus Lamb over his extramarital affair with another employee
04:54 PM CST on Thursday, December 2, 2010
By SAM HODGES / The Dallas Morning News
The adultery and extortion saga at a Dallas area Christian television network has taken a turn with the filing of a civil lawsuit against network founder Marcus Lamb.
Former employee Jeanette Hawkins filed a fraud claim Wednesday against Daystar Television Network and Lamb, claiming she was hired to work in Christian environment and later learned he was having an affair with a high-ranking female employee there.
The lawsuit claims that e-mails seen by Hawkins showed the affair lasted about seven years, that in one email Lamb told the woman he wanted to make her “the next Mrs. Marcus Lamb,” and that Daystar funds were used “to facilitate trysts.”
On Tuesday, Marcus Lamb and his wife, Joni, appeared on Daystar’s morning show and acknowledged he had been unfaithful in past years and that three people were pressuring the network to pay them $7.5 million to keep the story out of the media.
Dallas attorney James Fisher said today that he’s representing Hawkins and two other women and that he met Nov. 18th with Daystar’s lawyers to ask for a settlement.
Fisher wouldn’t discuss how much he asked for. But he did say, ” I did not threaten to go to the news media with the story of the affair.”
John Lynch IV, the Grapevine lawyer who represents Daystar, said, “I would strongly refute his position that he didn’t indicate he was going to the media. He made it clear that there was a seven-and-a-half-million number.”
Lynch said he couldn’t comment further.
The lawsuit states Hawkins found the revelation of Lamb’s affair “utterly devastating.”
“She’s hurting,” Fisher said.
My thoughts: Why didn’t they admit this years ago? Were they afraid donations would slip? Why now? Were they going to hide this from the Christian community forever? They ran a Christian show and ministry yet lied to the public. This is hypocrisy. Where are their tears, repentance, and shame for deceiving the Christian community for seven or more years? The Lord told me to stop watching Daystar years ago. I never understood why, really, although at that time they also started using con men and women like Juanita Bynum, Steve Munsey, etc. to manipulate viewers into sending Daystar money. Now I know why. Thanks, Lord, for leading me out of hypocrisy. I wasn’t deceived by the Lambs because I listened to You, Lamb of God. Thanks, Lord. Thanks.