Anti-gay televangelist Ernest Angley accused of sexual abuse
Televangelist Ernest Angley, who has spoken out against homosexuality and preached about other supposed immoralities on his internationally broadcast show The Ernest Angley Hour, has been accused of sexual abuse.
In a tape recording made in 1996, it’s alleged Angley says he had consensual relations with the man, who has remained unnamed because he is the alleged victim of sexual abuse.
Ernest Angley is accused of sexual abuse by a second person
The person who leaked the alleged tape to Ohio.com and the Akron Beacon Journal wanted to show that Angley, who is now 97 years old, has a history of sexually abusing his staff. They remain anonymous.
In the tape, a man who is claimed to be Angley is heard telling then-assistant minister Bill Davis, who left the church after being informed of Angley’s conduct, that he had consensual sexual relations with the man.
The alleged victim subsequently came to Davis for counselling.
The two ministers had fallen out over a comment Angley had made to someone about Davis’ wife.
“You’ve inflamed people. … It’s not about your affair with [name withheld], and your sexual promiscuousness [or] impropriety, whatever you want to call it,” Davis says in the alleged tape, reports Ohio.com.
“Now, that hasn’t got out. But it’s got out about me leaving.”
Davis told Ohio.com that it was not him who released the tape, but said the recording was accurate.
Angley has repeatedly condemned homosexuality.
In his 1995 book Oh, God, What a Mess!, he wrote: “Homosexuality is vile, vile before God; and it will send souls to hell.”
The person behind the leaked tape did so after reading about another man who has claimed Angley sexually abused him.
Ernest Angley has repeatedly condemned homosexuality throughout his career
Former Grace Cathedral pastor Brock Miller sued Angley in August last year and claimed that the televangelist subjected him to sexual abuse, which caused him “permanent damage,” reports Ohio.com.
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Angley has since countersued for defamation. He declined to provide Ohio.com with a comment.
Davis spoke to Ohio.com about the recording of Angley for the first time.
He explained that the recording was taken on January 7, 1996, at an Ohio church run by Overshadowed Ministries, where Davis has preached for the last 18 years.
Speaking about Angley, Davis said: “I don’t have a bit of malice toward him.
“That’s why I don’t want to hurt him now with you. I don’t want to throw poison in here. But by the same token, I feel sorry for Brock. But I don’t agree with either one of them in [filing a] lawsuit.”