Rev. Juanita Bynum, a self-identified prophetess, gospel musician and televangelist, can also add “short-term inmate” to her impressive resume. The “empowerment lecturer” was arrested April 18 for failure to appear in a Dallas, Texas civil proceeding according to the Dallas Morning News’ crime blog.
The Dallas Crime Blog reports Bynum was arrested around 10:30 p.m. April 18 and spent the night in the Lew Sterett Justice Center. She was released the following morning after appearing before a judge.
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.
Though the situation remains unresolved, Bynum and Wash’s attorneys hope the case is settled soon. David Small, Wash’s attorney, told the crime blog he anticipates recuperating the due funds soon.
“[Juanita] has disclosed the whereabouts of her assets and her business dealings,” he explained.
It appears that Wash will receive his 140 racks soon.
This isn’t the first controversy Bynum has been involved in. Her former husband, Rev. Thomas Weeks, assaulted her in 2008. He pled guilty and was sentenced to probation, anger management counseling and community service. The couple divorced in June 2008.