The saga of the church lady versus First AME Church's Rev. John J. Hunter took another turn today as the plaintiff appeared before television news cameras and claimed that the pastor “used his position and his spiritual authority to intimidate bully and coerce me into a sexually relationship.”
Rev. Brenda Lamothe, who had served as the church leader's executive assistant, has filed a claim against him in superior court as a result of her allegations that he used his power as her boss to get “on-demand” sex from her, which he is claimed to have said is “God's will.” She appeared Tuesday at her attorneys' office to explain her side of the story.
“I was a victim of reverend John Hunter's unlawful use of the power of his office,” she said. ” … When I finally said no more, I will not allow you to use me anymore, he told me he did not want me in his pulpit … [He said] 'If I wasn't giving it up what good was I.'”
Of course, there are two sides to every story. While Lamothe presented what appeared to be love letters from the pastor, some of them described as explicit, Hunter's wife came forward to claim that at least some of those items belonged to her.
“I can confirm that these are private communications between me and my husband,” she said in a statement read by KTLA News Tuesday.
Hunter and First AME Church filed a lawsuit against Lamothe claiming the woman stole personal items from the Hunters and demanded money before going public with her allegations. The church, one of the most politically connected congregations in the United States, says Lamothe sent a glowing letter of resignation to the pastor nearly a year before the date she claimed was the time of her firing.
Lamothe now works for the office of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.