Gay pastor admits that he lied about ‘homophobic’ Whole Foods cake
A pastor who accused Whole Foods of writing a gay slur in icing on a cake has dropped his lawsuit and admitted it was a hoax.
Pastor Jordan Brown filed a lawsuit for “intentional infliction of emotional distress” against Whole Foods earlier this year, after a cake he ordered allegedly arrived with the phrase “Love Wins Fag” written on it.
He says he grew suspicious after the girl who served him laughed when he made his order, but did not see what was written on the cake until he arrived home.
However, the openly gay founder of the Church of Open Doors has now withdrawn the lawsuit and apologised to the supermarket chain for “perpetrating a hoax.”
“I was wrong to pursue this matter and use the media to perpetuate this story,” he wrote in a statement.
“I want to apologise to Whole Foods and its team members for questioning the company’s commitment to its values, and especially the bakery associate who I understand was put in a terrible position because of my actions.”
“I apologise to the LGBT community for diverting attention from real issues,” he added.
“I also want to apologise to my partner, my family, my church family, and my attorney.”
Following Brown’s admission, the upscale bakery has also decided to drop its planned lawsuit.
“We’re very pleased that the truth has come to light,” it read.
“Given Mr. Brown’s apology and public admission that his story was a complete fabrication, we see no reason to move forward with our counter suit to defend the integrity of our brand and team members.”
See a video of Brown – and the cake – below: