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NYC Bishop Lamor Miller-Whitehead sues men who claimed he’s scammer after $1M robbery

Flashy Brooklyn Bishop Lamor Miller-Whitehead, who was robbed of greater than $1 million in jewellery in a caught-on-video heist on the pulpit, has filed twin $20 million lawsuits towards two doubting Thomases.

The separate defendants are a YouTuber named Jives with greater than 80,000 subscribers and one other on-line character, Larry Reid.

Each males publicly claimed Whitehead was a scammer, amongst different issues, main the plaintiff to lose “enterprise offers, church members, and earnings,’’ the fits say.

Jives — whose full identify is Demario Q. Jives — claimed on his YouTube channel final month that Whitehead “is sporting the identical jewellery that [he] received robbed in,” in line with courtroom papers filed in Bell County, Texas, on Friday.

Jives additionally allegedly accused Whitehead of “drug dealing” and collaborating with “the Bloods and Crypts.”

The YouTuber’s feedback had been “all false,” defamatory and slanderous, says the go well with, which is searching for “a minimum of $20,000,000 or such different quantity to be show at trial.”

In the meantime, Reid “wrote on-line that Bishop Whitehead ‘scammed individuals out of cash,’ ” says the opposite go well with, filed in Lee County, Fla.

Flashy Brooklyn Bishop Lamor Miller-Whitehead, who was robbed of more than $1 million in jewelry in a heist, has filed twin $20 million lawsuits against two doubters.
Flashy Brooklyn Bishop Lamor Miller-Whitehead, who was robbed of greater than $1 million in jewellery in a heist, has filed twin $20 million lawsuits towards two doubters.
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Reid additionally allegedly stated on-line that Whitehead “might be locked up in about three months,” after the Gucci-loving Brooklyn bishop was robbed at gunpoint in the course of the livestreamed service in July.

Whitehead says in his go well with towards Reid that the statements are false and “uncovered Plaintiff to public contempt, ridicule, aversion, and/or shame.”

The bishop is searching for the identical $20,000,000 in damages “or different such quantity” in his go well with towards Reid.

Whitehead, who has an alleged historical past of grifting and served time in jail for id theft and grand larceny, misplaced greater than an estimated $1 million in jewellery within the July 24 crime.

The gold-and-gem-dripping clergyman — who instruments round in luxurious autos equivalent to a Rolls Royce — has battled again towards critics who declare his high-flying way of life made him a goal for crooks.

The robbers’ haul included a $75,000 Rolex watch, $75,000 Cavalier watch and several other crosses price tens of hundreds of {dollars} a pop. The thieves have but to be caught.

Jives fired again at Whitehead’s lawsuit Monday.

The lawsuits are directed at a YouTuber named Jives with more than 80,000 subscribers and another online personality, Larry Reid.
The lawsuits are directed at a YouTuber named Jives with greater than 80,000 subscribers and one other on-line character, Larry Reid.

“I’m a commentator,” Jives stated to The Publish. “I give commentary on faith, politics, public figures, every little thing. … We make numerous jokes, particularly about this explicit state of affairs, as a result of this man actually is a joke. So for him to attempt to even file one thing is egregious.

“He’s mad as a result of individuals he’s getting backlash, and I’m like, ‘Dude, you’re doing all this speaking a couple of theft. Who else on this planet is out right here having interviews about being robbed?’ ”

Reid known as Whitehead’s go well with “absurd and unfounded.

“The important thing factor a couple of defamation lawsuit is you’ve received to point out a loss, and also you’ve additionally received to point out malicious intent. I simply said what each different outlet said, so he must be suing them as nicely,” he stated. “There’s no good popularity to defame. He has no case.” 

Whitehead’s lawyer, Brian Ponder, advised The Publish, “The defamatory statements which are being made are affecting the bishop’s enterprise and church {and professional} duties, so he’s going to very aggressively maintain these individuals accountable which are behind it.

“That is the start of that strategy of coping with these actors maliciously stating falsehoods concerning the bishop,” the lawyer stated, including that there could be “many extra” comparable lawsuits coming.

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