Woman, traumatised by her televangelist boss’s infidelity, sues for millions
A CHRISTIAN fundie who worked for a prominent US televangelist – the Rev Marcus Lamb – is suing her boss for millions, claiming that Lamb’s recently admitted extramarital affair with a third party caused her “great emotional pain”.
Jeanette Hawkins added that Lamb’s out-of-wedlock tryst compromised the Christian values she expected in the workplace.
Lamb appeared on national television earlier this week to admit to the affair, and said that three people demanded $7.5 million from him to stay quiet about his infidelity.
Immediately after, Hawkins filed a suit in Dallas County District Court. She says she had been hired by Lamb and a female executive at DayStar TV in 2005 to be the marketing director. She was assured that she would be working in a Christian setting.
However, according to Hawkins’ suit, the TV minister and the other woman were involved in a lingering affair that went against the network’s values. Hawkins said that functioning under such perversion is what caused her “great emotional pain”.
In this report Hawkins said DayStar’s misrepresentations caused her so much “severe emotional trauma” that she became depressed, suicidal and was involuntarily committed to a mental institution.
Hawkins’ suit also states that she eventually received copies of Lamb’s e-mails that confirmed the affair.Â These included “many lewd statements” which showed that the network’s funds helped pay for “trysts in other locations”.
The suit goes on, stating:
Lamb wrote in one of his emails to [the woman] that he could not wait to make her the next Mrs Marcus Lamb.
Lamb’s supporters on the broadcast repeatedly described the affair and the extortion plot as an attempt by the Devil to discredit the evangelist couple and their ministry, although Lamb has said that only he is to blame for his wrongdoing.
Hawkins’ attorney, James Fisher, said that he had met DayStar lawyers to try and reach a settlement, but he would not disclose the specific amount he asked for. Fisher would only acknowledge that it is a “multimillion-dollar case”.
DayStar is rooted in Pentecostalism, the Christian tradition known for its spirit-filled worship, and its belief in modern-day miracles and everyday battles with evil influences. The network airs some of the highest-profile evangelists in the world, including Joel Osteen, T D Jakes, Benny Hinn, Kenneth Copeland, Creflo Dollar and Joyce Meyers.