Report: Many abused by Southern Baptist leaders
San Antonio – Two newspapers are reporting that about 380 Southern Baptist church leaders and workers have been accused of sexual misconduct since 1998, leaving more than 700 victims.
The San Antonio Express-News and the Houston Chronicle reported Sunday their six-month investigation found that many of the victims were shunned by their churches.
They reported that at least 35 church pastors, employees and volunteers who exhibited predatory behavior were still able to find jobs at churches. Some registered sex offenders returned to the pulpit. Several past presidents and prominent Southern Baptist Convention were among those that victims criticized for concealing or mishandling abuse complaints within their churches or seminaries.
Lawyer says tabloid didn’t extort Bezos
An attorney for the head of the National Enquirer’s parent company denies the tabloid committed extortion or blackmail by threatening to publish Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ explicit photos.
Elkan Abramowitz represents American Media Inc. CEO David Pecker. Abramowitz defended the tabloid’s practice as a “negotiation” in an interview Sunday with ABC’s “This Week.”
The Enquirer published a story last month that included lurid texts between Bezos and former TV anchor Lauren Sanchez. Bezos said AMI later threatened to expose his revealing photos if he didn’t have his private investigators back off.
Abramowitz said the story was given to the Enquirer by a “reliable source.”
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