It looked like just another story for the next Black Collar Crime Round-Up. And if it had ended up there, it would have gone something like this:
Indicted: Henry Keith “Hank” Davis, 58-year-old founder and senior co-pastor (with his wife — more about her in a moment) of Church of the Harvest (which also runs “Hadassah School of Ministry”), Cleveland, Tennessee, and (again, with his wife) occasional guest on Paul Crouch‘s TBN and Marcus Lamb‘s Daystar Network (and “featured in Charisma Magazine for their ministry and testimony”); on two counts of sexual battery, stemming from (more…)
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Not that he’s absolved for his adulterous affair, but he’s certainly sleeping more peacefully tonight. NBC5 has the story:: “Three former employees whose lawsuits rocked the Bedford-based Christian TV network Daystar have dropped their cases and did not receive any money from the ministry, according to court records. The cases drew national headlines two years ago after evangelist Marcus Lamb admitted that he had had an extra-marital affair. At the same time, he claimed the former employees were trying to blackmail him. …” (more…)
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Riiiiight… Never mind that “donations are down 7 percent compared with the same period in 2010″ (although they’re “up 5 percent over 2009″) — or, if somebody asked us here at ConBab Central to make an educated guess, that it maybe, sorta, kinda looks like Daystar might be economizing in order to shore up resources in anticipation of a big pay-out to somebody, somewhere (no, no, we don’t mean hush money, but maybe payout on a lawsuit or two they just maybe, might expect to lose). ‘Course, nobody asked us, and we couldn’t possibly know what’s really going on behind the scenes, and it just might be as the Star-Telegram says Daystar mouthpiece A. Larry Ross says: that the “move is intended to make better use of the capabilities of its headquarters.”
See what you think: “Religious broadcaster Daystar downsizing 3 studios,” Star-Telegram, March 22, 2011
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Just when you thought things couldn’t get any stickier for Macus and Joni Lamb, Word of God Fellowship has been sued again by another Daystar employee, this time accusing Joni Lamb’s old man, Bill Trammell, of, uh, naughty behavior.
Read the complaint.
An interesting piece in the Dallas Morning News should sate the collective appetite until we get some actual news about Marcus Lamb’s adultery scandal, and the dueling lawsuits between Daystar and former employee Jeanette Hawkins.
One thing’s clear: Marcus and Joni Lamb can’t afford to lose this one: their lifestyle depends on it — although the Lambs are quick to note that viewer donations do not pay Daystar salaries, and did not buy the Lambs their 7,000-square-foot home. (more…)
Thanks to “bookend,” here’s an un-redacted copy of Jeanette Hawkins’s original lawsuit against Daystar — with all names intact:
Marcus Lamb’s mistress as alleged in this lawsuit: Janice Smith, Daystar’s former Vice President of Programming, Marketing, and Affiliate Relations
The two other employees alleged in this lawsuit to have discovered emails “clearly proving … an illicit sexual relationship” between Lamb and Smith: Terry Germany*, former Webmaster for Daystar (and now, according to his LinkedIn profile, a broadcast engineer for the Dallas Cowboys) and Greg Brondo, Daystar’s former Director of Information Technology.
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Press release — which is probably going to be very interesting to look back upon once this whole ugly mess is sorted out:
Statement by Daystar Television Network
Re: Filing of Case No. 352 249655 10 in Texas State Court in Tarrant County Today
DALLAS, Dec. 3, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — Daystar Television Network today filed Case No. 352 249655 10 in Texas State Court in Tarrant County, which follows a petition filed in Dallas County, December 1, by attorney James Fisher for Jeanette Hawkins.
We’re getting whiplash.
On November 30, Marcus Lamb, slick-as-snot televangelist and head of the big-’n'-powerful Christian TV network, Daystar, admitted to having had an extramarital affair, on the air (his admission was broadcast, not the affair, you sillies!), because, he said, he was being blackmailed by three Very Bad People demanding seven-and-a-half mill lest they blow the lid off Lamb’s seven-year-long adventure in adultery.
On December 1, Daystar’s former Director of Marketing Jeanette Hawkins filed suit against Marcus Lamb, Word of God Fellowship, Inc., and Daystar Television Network, claiming false representation (with Lamb bonking Hawkins’s boss, Daystar didn’t offer the uber-Christian environment Hawkins was promised), mental anguish (Hawkins was that devastated by the revelation of Lamb’s sinnin’), and, most damning, defamation (Lamb & Co. did all but name Hawkins and two other employees as “extortionists”).
Now Daystar has countersued Hawkins and the two other, as-yet-unnamed former employees, charging conspiracy to commit extortion: (more…)
Backstory: “Pentecostal ‘Prosperity Gospel’ Televangelist Marcus Lamb Confesses to Adultery… But Only After Blackmail Threat,” November 30, 2010
Thanks to John for alerting us to this most recent development.
In a nutshell, a former employee of Lamb’s Daystar Television Network, is suing the televangelist, his Word of God Fellowship, Inc., and Daystar for… well, at first it sounds like she’s suing for false representation, and then it sounds like she’s suing on the grounds of the elusive and intangible “mental anguish” angle, but those claims do not comprise the meat of the suit at all.
Just wait until you read the excruciating details of the allegations, which, if true, likely spell the end of the Marcus Lamb empire. We’re not even talking about any monetary loss — we mean: Once Lamb’s followers get a load of these allegations, they’re going to turn on him like an army of jilted lovers. (And we wouldn’t blame them.)
Fasten your seatbelt and get ready for the most damning parts of the lawsuit filed by one Jeanette Hawkins, December 1, 2010.
STOP THE PRESSES! Make sure to read the follow-up entry, “Blockbuster Lawsuit Over Marcus Lamb’s Adulterous Affair: Is This the End of the Daystar Empire?,” as soon as you finish reading this one. Things have taken some very interesting turns!
This oily-looking character with the satanic goatee is Marcus Lamb…
…an American televangelist, minister and Christian broadcaster. He also is co-founder, president, and CEO of the Daystar Television Network … the second largest Christian Network in the world.
…who went catting around on his wife, and when the poop hit the fan, went public, ‘fessing up to an extramarital affair he had some years ago — for which he’s now being praised by fellow christianists as some sort of persecuted victim, instead of a lying adulterer who couldn’t keep his trousers zipped: (more…)