From the Los Angeles Wave…
LORDY, LORDY — Remember how, in November 2009, the Rev. John J. Hunter, pastor of the powerful First AME Church, was sued by the Rev.Brenda Lamothe, one of the church’s associate ministers, who charged that Hunter coerced her into a four-year, cross-country sexual relationship?
In a highly publicized series of events, Lamothe sued Hunter, First AME Church, the 5th Episcopal AME District and the national AME body — just about everybody. Remember how at the time of the lawsuit, and in an equally public forum, the church’s officials vehemently denied Lamothe’s claim and even cross-sued her for telling such “lies” about Hunter? Remember how last year rumors began circulating that a hefty settlement had been reached between Lamothe and the parties she sued and the church leadership rose up again and vehemently denied that any accord that been reached with Lamothe?
Well. Rumors began circulating anew last week. The new rumor has it that a multimillion dollar settlement was reached last month between Lamothe, Hunter, the church et al. I was told that this settlement is in the millions of dollars — “and not for one million and not for two million.” I went to one of FAME’s leaders who knows everything about the place, but he knew nothing about this latest rumor. My contact said he would ask Hunter about it and get back to me. Shortly thereafter, I received the following email from him: “Hey Betty, I talked to Pastor Hunter about the question you asked.
Pastor Hunter tells me all he can say is the matter has been resolved and he can’t comment further on advice from his attorney. He couldn’t even elaborate with me because of the agreement restrictions.” Uh huh. So we can deduce that the settlement is for at least $3 million.
Lawsuit Docs HERE.
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