According to Lonnie Ford, an admittedly troubled sometime drug addict who worked for the station, it was also the site of an inappropriate - and potentially scandalous - sexual encounter between himself and TBN's president and founder, Paul Crouch. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! In exchange he also promised not to reveal what a later arbitrator's ruling described as "salacious" allegations. The money issue has been exacerbated by the Crouch's singular fundraising techniques. Crouch may also become a liability to political allies like Attorney General John Ashcroft, his boyhood friend who benefited from the TBN's support during a heated confirmation fight.
Crouch, 70, is president and popular on-air personality of Orange County-based TBN, the world's largest religious broadcaster. Painful details are expected to emerge in court in coming weeks, as the case zeroes in on three fundamental questions:. There also were a series of family squabbles. Key to the settlement, of course, was a secrecy agreement.
According to the Los Angeles Timeswhich has launched a series of explosive stories against the religious media company, Ford agreed not to discuss his claim about a sexual encounter with the TV preacher in return for the payment.