Many in the Christian community were shocked when news hit that Juanita Bynum was arrested. The Christian televangelist, self-proclaimed prophetess and gospel artist found herself in jail on April 18th. She was locked up due to charges stemming from a warrant for her failure to appear in a Dallas civil proceeding against her, which involved a reported debt to a promoter for $140,000.
Clutch reported on the incident last week:
Bynum was ordered to pay $140,000 to ALW Entertainment, promoter Al Wash’s company. She didn’t perform in a play he compensated her for and he was awarded the judgment against her in 2007. Bynum was ordered to repay Wash in installments, but she has not paid the judgment. This defiance led the judge to order her to return to court. The judge issued a warrant for her arrest when she failed to appear at that hearing.
Bynum claims the arrest was wrongful, posting the below on her website:
“Until recently, it was my understanding that a resolution had been reached involving a business dispute between Mr. Al Wash, of ALW Entertainment and myself. I was wrongfully detained, by the Dallas Texas Sheriff’s Dept. for failing to appear in court several months ago, for a civil court appearance, of which I knew nothing, involving the prior mentioned business dispute. “I have not been found guilty of any fraudulent, unethical or non-integral behavior.”
She contends that she paid Wash $25,000 and the two parties had come to an agreement with regards to whom would be responsible for the balance due. She calls the whole ordeal a “character assassination,” that she will no longer allow with “impunity.”
She finishes the post by mentioning that she is now a goodwill ambassador for Bayelsa State in southern Nigeria.
Juanita Bynum is no stranger to controversy. Her former husband, Minister Thomas Weeks, pled guilty to assaulting her in 2008. She confessed to having had sexual relationships with women during a radio interview that had tongues wagging. And she disturbed quite a few people by typing in tongues on her Facebook page.