Hey, @Neoplacebo, ever heard of this creep?
That Tuesday night's "special service" was supposed to be a joyous one for televangelist Perry Stone. He circled the room singing along to the music. He cracked jokes about gaining weight over Thanksgiving. But as Stone was describing to his followers how some people walked away from religion in recent years, the voice of a woman in the back brought the auditorium to silence.
"Probably because you keep touching them, you nasty perv," she yelled. "Why don't you tell them the real reason why they left? Because you kept touching them." "Ma'am, I'll have you arrested, and I'll bring a lawsuit against you for making statements like that," Stone said, as his security guards rushed toward the woman. His voice held steady for a few more words before he began yelling, "You've talked to people who told 16 lies on my wife and I! That's who you've been talking to."
Last month, the Federal Bureau of Investigation began questioning people connected to Stone and his Cleveland-based ministries, according to five people with direct knowledge of the interactions. At least seven people connected to the ministry, including some couples, have shared information that investigators sought about sexual misconduct allegations against Stone as well as the evangelist's connections to Bradley County law enforcement, according to the five people. In a statement to the Chattanooga Times Free Press, an FBI spokesperson said Department of Justice policy "prohibits us from confirming or denying the existence or non-existence of FBI investigations."
Meanwhile, more than a dozen people connected or formerly connected to Stone's ministry told the Times Free Press they are becoming more concerned about the perceived lack of accountability for the internationally known spiritual leader a year and a half after allegations of inappropriate conduct involving women were first made public.