A CHRISTIAN multi-media company, which claims to be “the leading charismatic/Pentecostal publisher in the world”, is suing televangelist and faith healer Benny Hinn, saying he violated a morality clause in their contract when he began an “inappropriate relationship” with another evangelist.
Florida based Charisma Media (formerly Strang Communications) is demanding that Hinn coughs up $250,000.
Last August, Hinn admitted to a “friendship” with evangelist Paula White after The National Enquirer published photos of them in Rome, holding hands.
Hinn was married at the time. His wife, Suzanne, had filed for divorce a few months earlier.
Three years earlier, Hinn had signed a three-book deal with the then Strang Communications Co of Lake Mary, Fl. He was paid a $300,000 advance on the first one, Blood in the Sand, according to the suit.
Hinn acknowledged to his publisher “his inappropriate relationship” with White in August, according to the suit, and agreed that the publisher should get back its money, but he has yet to pay up.
In a letter attached to the suit, the publisher also accused Hinn of violated the contract by failing to work hard enough to market Blood in the Sand.
He failed to make television appearances to promote it, including several on the “700 Club”, wrote the publishers’s attorney Chris Vlahos.
Hinn lives in suburban Los Angeles. He moved there in 1999 after building a national audience at his faith-healing center, World Outreach Center on Forest City Road in Orlando, where he preached for 14 years.