Paul Crouch (TBN) accused of firing male employee he dated

Everyone will be attacked, if they are doing – or even if they are not – doing something for God, but do they given in and pay the settlements? And does another of the same type of accusations arise years later? Where there is smoke, is there fire? I have only posting this because this issue, and indeed immorality of all kinds, accompany these prosperity preachers. While we may shake our heads at this, and in some way, know that it is plausible if not true, people are still being fooled by the Give Me Your Money Network.

Did televangelist Paul Crouch Sr., founder of fervently anti-gay Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN), secretly date a gay employee?

That’s the implication of a wrongful-termination lawsuit filed late last month in Orange County Superior Court by Brian E. Dugger, who spent 14 years as a TBN broadcasting engineer.

Déjà vu?

You may recall a 2004 Los Angeles Times revelation that Crouch denied he had homosexual tendencies but paid $425,000 to silence Enoch Lonnie Ford, another onetime male TBN employee who’d said he and the wealthy televangelist had a sexual affair.

In the latest court action, first reported by former longtime Timesman William Lobdell at his site, WilliamLobdell.com, Dugger says he met Crouch while working at the network’s Tennessee offices in the mid-’90s. The filing stops short of claiming the men slept together, but alleges that Crouch “persistently” invited Dugger, then a TBN employee in San Antonio, to “private dinners typically followed by drinks at his home.” In 2000, according to the lawsuit, the televangelist “insisted” that the men live closer. Dugger relocated from Texas to the Christian broadcasting network’s headquarters in Tustin.

If Crouch was content to associate privately with Dugger, his relatives in Southern California were apparently aghast. Shortly after Dugger’s transfer here, Jan Crouch, the elder Crouch’s wife, infamous for showcasing big hairdos and heavy black eye makeup on broadcasts, and Danny York, a TBN vice president, began pressuring him about his sexuality.

“[Dugger] was told not to dress so ‘gay’ or to wear jewelry, as it would identify him as a homosexual,” the lawsuit alleges. “Thereafter, throughout his employment, he was continuously harassed, mocked, taunted and told not to look gay.”

According to the suit, Paul Crouch Jr., who has assumed greater control over TBN operations from his father in recent years, participated in the abuse, telling Dugger he “should quit being gay and act more straight.”

Dugger, who is seeking $650,000 for lost wages and $1.9 million in punitive damages, says Paul Crouch Jr. told him that TBN was “not a place for fairies” before he was fired in 2007.

If true, you have to wonder if Junior consulted his daddy before making such a statement.

John Casoria, a TBN representative, called Dugger’s lawsuit “mainly a work of fiction.”

Orange County News – [Moxley Confidential] DA Tony Rackauckas Wins Civil Suit, Does Not Cry – page 1.

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61 thoughts on “Paul Crouch (TBN) accused of firing male employee he dated

  1. I do not think Paul Crouch is gay. People invite each other for dinner all the time, this is normal social behavior. Besides, his wife would have been there too.

    This guy just wants some money, and he knows Crouch has it.

  2. and why would you pay someone to shut up, if you were innocence????????? ,,, they all are in it for the money,,, I guess he gets tired of his wife,with the pink hair and 2 inch eyelashes…

  3. Okay, I gave this on Miriam’s blog site concerning Jermaine Jakes and questions of TD’s sexuality and I am posting it here too.

    When a friend of mine came to me because the church I used to attend, a group affiliated with the NAR and Bill Johnson, came to me and asked me for help because her grandson thinks he is now gay and a few other things are happening that ripped my heart apart as I know and love these people. When searching the scriptures and praying, this is what I believe God revealed as the reasons for the problems in the church. Not attacks from satan, but as written in Romans 1:18-32. Read it below and tell me if you have an agreement in your spirit.

    Romans 1:18-32
    18The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.
    21For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles.

    24Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.

    26Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. 27In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.

    28Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done. 29They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, 30slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; 31they are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless. 32Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.

    Now one last statement. You can raise your hands, have the best singers, laugh, speak in tongues at will, say Praise The Lord and have the best speakers around you, but if your yourself do not acknowledge God above all others and above other things, you are participating in the above.

    How close to right am I?

  4. Most people dont know that Paul & Jan Crouch have not lived together for decades. & it was Jan that moved into the $5 mil mansion that TBN donors money bought for her. Paul can’t divorce her or she would take him to the cleaners. Your moms and grandmoms need to put their checkbooks up for a rainy day or give it to them that dont have grocery money. TBN don’t need it. It’s a fact.

  5. I have watched TBN for years. I have never asked anyone’s sexual preferance. God loves us all ! What I do have a problem with the way our donations are spent. To pay off an old lover so he will shut up is just BAD. We donate in good faith and we give it to GOD. The money is to be used as our Lord sees fit. (to preach the gospel to ALL nations)
    Still, none of us is covered in steel to keep Satan out from our lives. I assume Satan loved attacking Paul Crouch. We can’t turn our backs on him because he is gay. God made him and God makes no junk. GOD DID NOT MAKE HIM GAY. It is a sin but we must love and pray for the sinners. We should all stand by T B N . We should all check out where our donations go tho. If Paul Crouch can pay out that amount of money, then we are stupid. It should have gone to GOD!!!

  6. Hey, Folks! And what are you guys doing to help other people besides yourselves? Are you guys feeding or clothing the poor? Are you guys helping someone to know that they are special and loved? Are you guys helping people who are engaged in destructive behaviours such as drug use, alcoholism or who are dealing with depression?? The lot of you are HYPOCRITES!!! Lol, wow…I guess you can find two faced people EVERYWHERE. Good day.

  7. I do not feel Paul Crouch is gay either. It is normal for men to invite each other over for dinner, have a couple of drinks, and suck each other off for desert.

  8. Its getting to the point where i don’t like to Google anyone in the televangelist ministry. There seems to be so many stories out there about what they are doing wrong. To this date, i have not found one televangelist that is spoken well of by everyone. So i will continue to pray for all of us for wisdom, insight and discernment.

  9. It is also a sin to come against God’s anointed.
    Allow God to be God — I’m sure he knows and sees all what is going on or not going on. Your voices do not preach the bible but opinionated gossip. Yes, the Lord is watching you also and what comes out of your hearts. Do not judge lest you be judged.
    It is the Lord that built the TBN world wide network through His people. Millions of people have also been saved by this network. Can any of you claim this on your resume of servanthood?
    You all need to stop the nitpicking and focus your efforts on the purpose and plan of God for your own lives — He is the General — are you following Him or your own wisdom of foolishness?

    • FYI for those who are concerned about the fiscal policies of TBN–
      1. any settlement would NOT have been paid out of donations- NO! A non=profit corporation such as TBN undoubtedly carries umbrella liability insurance because the network/corporation would be vulnerable to malicious litigation…
      The fact that a settlement has been paid could just as likely be motivated in order to SAVE $$$ for the network/corporation. Paul is of German descent and he pinches a penny harder than any other media corporate head out there. Don’t forget the scripture that the “workman is worthy of his hire”.
      Whatever salary Paul and Jan take for their lifetime of intense work and burden in founding, establishing and running this network, is likely less than the average corporate CEO, and again, I know for a fact that they did not “profit” for years from their work, living in the same middle income tract home in Orange County for decades.
      I personally know Paul and Jan ( have ministered on TBN as a musician), personally know their chief engineer, have known these folks since the early 80’s.
      People, your ignorance of fiscal policies and corporate procedures precedes your ludicrous and misguided statements regarding how donations are utilized.
      You’ve got the wrong network– it was PTL network and Jim Bakker who comitted misappropriation of funds– he did jail time for fraud…are you prepared to take on the responsibilities that Paul Crouch has shouldered for decades?
      Get your facts straight people…

      • Quick addendum to my comment above–
        If you want the accurate facts, based on journalistic integrity here is an unbiased, investigative article from the Los Angeles Times– again, people, get your facts straight.

        http://articles.latimes.com/2004/sep/12/local/me-lonnie12

        The former employee is a documented drug addict. Draw your own conclusions but don’t debate over false allegations and incorrect assumptions folks.
        BTW, I have personally been harmed several times in my life by sexually inappropriate actions from pastors/leaders in the body of Christ yet I can forgive them and pray for their restoration– anyone who gets on here and writes salacious or malicious comments about a believer in Jesus Christ, is not following the scriptural mandate of accountability and correction outlined in the scriptures.
        Remember too, the sin of envy (over the Crouch’s California home purchase) is just as serious in God’s eyes as sexual sin. Read the red word’s in the New Testament dear brethren– those are the word’s of the Son of God and He said them! “He who is without sin, let him/her cast the first stone”…hmmmm?

    • Denise is right!!! Kinda reminds me of the mob that put Jesus to death!!! Paul Crouch started tbn and tbn was the network that I heard the true gospel on. Thank you Paul!!!Im sure this man wasnt perfect,but like Jesus said ,If your sinnless,cast the 1st stone. Dont think anyone here has the right to reach for that stone.

  10. The bible says do not judge lest you be judged — most of you sound like authoritative gossips — don’t think the Lord isn’t watching you also and what is coming out of your hearts.
    Why don’t you try letting God be God, especially PolyCarp — instead of talking like a biblical authority on the subject when you sound like you’re only trying to make a name for yourself. He also calls those who think they are wise — foolish!
    I think God can see what is going on or not going on.
    Through people, the LORD built TBN’s world wide network — it could not of been done purely by the act of man, alone. Millions of people have also been saved world wide through TBN! Can any of you place this type of servanthood on your resumes? Even David stayed humble and honored Saul — I suggest you who think you are so wise to think twice before badmouthing God’s anointed! Instead of hammering your opinionated judgements on others that you might try focusing on the purpose and plans of God for your own lives? Gee, what an idea! That way you won’t have time to verbally trash the Lord’s chosen for your own pleasure? You don’t know what that couple has gone through in their acts of obedience to the Lord just as you probably don’t understand the love the Lord showed for you going down the De LeRosa with the cross. Many of these kingdom builders have gone through hell and know what it is like to carry the cross — do you? To those chosen few I say, GRACE GRACE. If you truthfully did, you would never criticize and condemn those who have labored beyond normal capacity to take the gospel around the world. Yes, people are human and the deception of darkness can come in like a flood. Are you willing to act like Jesus to walk in love for your fellow Christian and lift them up in prayer when they are down or fallen? Or are you like the Pharacees ready to nail the hammer into the Lord’s hand once more. So next time one of you decide to express your opinion, please remember that the eyes and ears of the Lord are also upon you.
    The Solution? PRAY FOR THEM AS THE LORD HAS CALLED US TO DO — if you see something wrong taking place, pray the Lord intervene on their behalf — DON’T CUT THEM DOWN WITH YOUR SWORD — The LORD showed you so you might join him in the deliverance of their souls from whatever may of overtaken them. Have any of you ever been through major spiritual warfare? WELL IT IS NOT FUN — OUR WARRIORS NEED DELIVERANCE, LOVE, AND MAJOR HEALING to get back up and do it all over again. Instead, try swinging your sword on the devil who loves division, hatred, and every evil works. Don’t fall into his trap with your words against others. The Lord is not mocked — and He will not rest or slumber until his Bride walks in His LOVE, His UNITY, and His PROVIDENCE! But you can’t get there bathmouthing others of the Beloved no matter what has tripped them up. Pray people — PRAY! That is how we fight these battles ……. rise up as Kingdom warriors and raise the banner of victory over their heads proclaiming the things as though they are and watch a move of God like never before! You want to walk in the Glory? Then arise in the spirit and fly with the wings of eagles to the high places with Christ! You’ve just been given the keys so use them wisely.
    Amen, Amen, and Amen!
    For the GLORY OF THE LORD shall cover the earth……..as the waters cover the seas!

  11. I recently started giving money to TBN, a very small amount, $25 monthly and out of the blue I received money (2 checks) from sources I did not expect. This is the honest truth. My mom sent money to TBN for years, she passed in 2006. What everyone is missing is that Paul & Jan are not perfect, they are human beings, the only perfect being is Christ. I will continue to support TBN, because at one of the worst times in my life in 1998, when I went through a nervous breakdown, TBN TV station was there for me, be it 11:00pm, 2:00 am or 5:00 am, when I couldn’t sleep, there was always a program on reminding me that Jesus is there to help me and I just need to call out to him. God Bless TBN and Paul & Jan Crouch.

  12. SORRY IF YOU READ THE WORD (HOLY BIBLE -KJV )IT TELLS YOU THAT BEING GAY IS A SIN AND YOU WILL SPLIT HELL WIDE OPEN , FOR NO SIN WILL ENTER IN . WE DO NOT JUDGE BY SAYING SOMETHING IS WRONG THAT A PERSON MAY BE DOING ,BUT IF THE BIBLE SAYS IT IS WRONG ,IT IS WRONG . I’M SORRY BUT THE WORD OF GOD DOES THE JUDGING NOT THE PEOPLE.WHEN WE TELL WHAT THE WORD SAYS WE ARE ONLY TELLING WHAT GOD EXPECTS OF US TO DO.ALL WE CAN DO OUR SELVES IS PRAY FOR THAT PERSON , AND PRAY GOD CONVICTS THEM OF THEIR WRONGFUL WAYS.

  13. Judge not that yet be not judged.

    If there is wrong doing in the camp let God arise. God will take care. God also has a plan for those that would seek to rob you of your tithes and offerings, so they can use for their good pleasure. Watch out God is not mocked

  14. Oh But I do read my Bible. God Loves the sinner but not the sin. We really need to pray for those on the air ways that they preach the True Word of God and LIVE it!. Jesus is coming back soon very soon. The main thing is for us to be ready are you ready? I do not watch too many Preaching shows anymore. We need to support our own Church and the Missionaries that we known are doing God’s will and preaching the word of God.

  15. I’m appalled but not surprised any of this. About 4-5 months ago I was at a friends house. We were channel surfing for a good christian channel. All we came up with was the same “splashy money grubbing beggars” with nothing to offer in the way of serious teaching of Gods Word. Then we came across a little soft spoken lady sitting at a small desk teaching Gods Word. Line upon line…precept upon precept. I think her last name was Garcia. The Holy Spirit was all over this lady. I told my friend, all of these mega churches and big ministries better get ready,cuz I beleive 2012 is going to be the year of the sifting of the wheat from the chaff,where t.v. Ministries are concerned. I said, “The Lord is thru with gimmicks and props to try to bring people into the Kingdom . Anything else besides the teaching,and preaching of Gods Word,and Praise and Worship,and prayer are going to be shut down. All these books taking the place of Gods Word is going to go”… Between Thanksgiving and Christmas I came home from working nite shift, i was depressed and feeling empty because i could not find a church, or anyone who wanted to talk seriously about the Bible. as I layed down on my couch I fell asleep exhausted,and had a dream about Christ coming back. I have never had such vivid dream in my life. All of a sudden I woke up…I was just laying there trying to comprehend it all…I felt a peace that I had not felt in years. I reached over and turned on the T.V. Here was the Jimmy Swaggert Ministry on. I could not figure where it came from cuz I only have rabbit ears, on a flat screen t.v. All my other christian channels came in very snowy, the Jimmy Swaggert Ministry came in in high definition….and there it was….the type of Ministry I waited for in years 24-7 teaching, preaching. praying,and singing praises to the Lord. And there was Jimmy Swaggert, a bit older than the last time I saw him…a bit more humble, completely repentent of the errors of his ways of years ago…I’m sure still battling his demons from time to time…but out there 110% for Jesus….100% about his Fathers business surrounded by his familyteaching and preaching Gods Word,and sining praises to the Lord like only Jimmy Swaggert can…My t.v is on that channel 95% of the time… God Bless Jimmy Swaggert.!!! Go Son/Life Ministries!!! Amen! To God be the Glory! Thank You Jesus!

  16. Marrianne, I don’t know – but this is not the first time, the first accuser, or the first lawsuit. The last lawsuit was pretty ugly. I can imagine this one going way in the same way – a large pay off.

  17. Patricia, you have a lot of problems that you expressed in this comment. First, TBN is not godly. Second, if Paul is sinning through homosexuality, then he has no business in the place of authority that he thinks he is in.

    TBN is not preaching the gospel, well, not the Gospel of Jesus Christ at any rate.

    Christians do not stand by TBN

  18. Woo Hoo ! You sure got that right **
    I think our grand mothers, mothers , aunta etc have bought those mansions plus+ more. It is a crying shame.
    Still, what we give with a good heart, God does recoginize it.
    We put the money there to do God’s will. It is on them on Judgement Day as to how it was used. Look out PAUL!!!!

  19. Well, I do enjoy hearing different preachers that are on the T V. I did not say I was talking about Paul.
    NO, HOMOSEXUALITY is WRONG but I am not going to down the people.
    It is their life, not miine. They must pay for their sins and I will pay for mine. God Bless!
    Pat

  20. ..you should love the things God loves, and hates the things God hates. How could you possibly not say something about some preacher or evanglist being a homosexual? If you don’t speak out, then you are one of these people that just pushes sin under the rug. This is not of God!

  21. AMEN Polycarp! it is about time Christians realize this. How can Paul and Jan give the appearance of being so spiritual on the show, and not even live together. This is a sin its self! The only reason they don’t divorce is money! What an example!!!!!

  22. Pat, are you a christian at all? such words should not come out of your mouth even if you are not a christian. Remember Cain in the bible, He murdered his own brother Abel who offered his sacrifice to God in all sincerity and reverence to God, and his sacrifice was accepted by God. When Abel was murdered, God asked Cain about his brother. you know what he said, he said “am I my brother’s keeper?” In other words, that utterance ‘it is their life not mine’, is not good at all. God cursed Cain because of that utterance. Even Jesus, when those that caught the woman in the act of adultery asked Him about His opinion on the matter, He did not condemn the woman, He with His wisdom, defended the woman and brought her to salvation instead. After that, was there any more record of the woman going back into that same sin? NO. That’s the Love of God, the nature of Christ, the image in which we are transformed into when we really are born again. We will not criticize, crucify or condemn anyone and say ‘well it is their life, not mine’, rather, we will PRAY, INTERCEDE and be in SUPPLICATION for them. And Mr. Joel, you can be a theologian and not be saved. Theological knowledge does not guarantee the salvation of your soul, but FAITH IN THE WORK ON THE CROSS, THE GRACE OF GOD which has appeared unto all men. You must be born again. no matter who you are, you might even be a Pope, but without Christ and your BELIEVE on HIS work on the CROSS, you can not be saved. So Pat, don’t say such bad utterances again. God Bless YOU ALL, AMEN.

  23. Yes, as a matter of fact, I am helping alcoholics, and working with the elderly. I adopted an abused little girl, and took in my brother after an accident cost him his job. I expect a lot of myself because God expects a lot from me. The more I expect, the more I have been able to do. I do it quietly, under the table. I expect More from people who do it loudly from all sides.

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