Judgment Day simply isn’t letting up for this scandalized ex-preacher.
Former Hillsong Church pastor Carl Lentz’s status took one more blow this week when the megachurch’s inside investigation into his alleged wrongdoings was leaked to the press.
The Australia-based non secular establishment had beforehand solely launched cherry-picked bits of the examination into its East Coast branches underneath Lentz’s management. The self-audit was carried out by an unaffiliated authorized agency and launched shortly after Lentz was fired for adultery in November 2020. In an e-mail to congregants in February 2021, now-disgraced church founder Brian Houston emailed congregants to announce the investigation was full and had unearthed “important methods” the NYC operations had “didn’t mirror Hillsong international tradition” however supplied little additional info, The Put up reported on the time.
These particulars have now lastly come to mild: A model of the 51-page report was leaked to the Christian Post which on Monday printed lots of its most surprising allegations, together with that working with Lentz “brought about” many churchgoers “to undergo from psychological sickness,” that his spouse Laura reportedly as soon as punched a former nanny and present Hillsong pastor within the face “with a closed fist” and that, along with his alleged affair with clothier Ranin Karim, he reportedly had not less than another with a girl he met at a Brooklyn deli and saved in his cellphone contacts as “Germany.”
The investigation was carried out by the NYC regulation agency Zukerman Gore Brandeis & Crossman, LLP. In line with the Christian Put up, its report famous: “As a result of restricted quantity of documentary proof, the intensive assertion of failure of reminiscence by sure witnesses, and the need to depend on oral testimony and demeanor, the conclusions on this report, though they could be phrased in a ‘factual’ model for readability, must be understood because the contentions of a witness, or statements of opinion by the investigating attorneys.”
“It was not unusual for volunteers and workers who had frequent interplay with Carl Lentz to report that such interplay had ‘brought about’ them to undergo from psychological sickness,” investigators wrote within the report.
In reviewing Lentz’s textual content messages, investigators additionally discovered that the 43-year-old father of three had been despatched value quotes for massages and different sexual acts by varied masseuses.
“Laura Lentz acknowledged that she had ‘hunches’ and ‘vibes’ that the massages have been ‘a bit unusual’ and that in 2019 the routine of Lentz receiving massages grew to become extra of an evening time incidence,” acknowledged the report, which famous that, when being interviewed by investigators, Lentz each attacked his accusers and bragged about being “an excellent liar” who purposefully hid his varied imprudences.
“Such efforts included boldly mendacity to his spouse, Laura, when she caught him and Leona [Kimes] in flagrante delecto on a sofa” within the house of former NBA participant Tyson Chandler, the report detailed. Kimes, who nannied for the Lentzes for seven years, has beforehand written in regards to the nightmarish expertise, through which she alleged she was “subjected to manipulation, management, bullying, abuse of energy, and sexual abuse.”
The identical day because the Christian Put up printed its piece on the report, Laura posted a screed in opposition to naysayers on Instagram.
“My household has remained silent all through this ordeal as a result of our precedence has been the therapeutic of our household. This doesn’t imply we shouldn’t have quite a bit to say!” she wrote. “When the time is true, we have now quite a bit to say about what has occurred in addition to talking on to the RELENTLESS lies, accusations and hypocritical scapegoating that has sadly been so prevalent. Till then, we’re so grateful for the fixed help of so many. Your kindness has meant the world to us. We’re wanting ahead to a brighter day!”
Neither Hillsong nor Laura or Carl Lentz returned The Put up’s request for remark.