Why is this not surprising? Atlanta-based, anti-gay mega-church Pastor Creflo Dollar has been arrested on assault charges and accused of choking, punching and using a shoe to beat his 15-year-old daughter, reports FOX Atlanta and NBC Atlanta. The flamboyant "prosperity gospel" pastor reportedly told police that his daughter "became very disrespectful" after he told her she couldn't attend a party.
Dollar [was] arrested on a family violence charge. Fayette County deputies arrested the 50-year-old pastor at his home on Thursday night. FOX 5's Doug Evans reports Dollar posted a $5,000 bond on Friday morning. The arrest warrant alleges Dollar "intentionally caused physical harm to his teenage daughter by grabbing her around the neck and choking her." The warrant states the incident caused a scratch on the right side of the girl's throat.
More on the injuries from CBS News.
The report alleged Dollar threw her to the ground, punched her and hit her with his shoe, CBS Atlanta reports. The pastor told police his daughter "became very disrespectful" after he told her she couldn't go to the party, according to the report. He admitted to spanking his daughter and wrestling her to the floor but said it was because she hit him.
The televangelist made headlines last summer after defending disgraced pastor Eddie Long. Dollar slammed church members who left Long after the anti-gay pastor settled five sexual coercion lawsuits brought by young men. Long was accused of using church funds to give the young men cash, gifts and cars. The sexual relationships reportedly began when each of the plaintiffs were around 16 years old. Dollar compared Long's situation to a car "wreck" and applauded the fact that he had "insurance."
Can't wait to hear the church folk praise a grown man for choking, punching and beating his daughter with a shoe. PTL!