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TV evangelist claims extortion over affair
NEW YORK — A prominent televangelist appeared before a worldwide television audience Tuesday to admit that he had an affair with a woman years ago, and to allege that three people had tried to extort millions of dollars from him to stay quiet about his infidelity.
The Rev. Marcus Lamb, who created DayStar Television Network with his wife, Joni, said he and his wife had healed their marriage and had hoped to keep his adultery private, but went public because they would not pay extortionists. The three people demanded $7.5 million, he said.
A spokesman for the Lambs, Larry Ross, said they went to authorities with their allegations, but he said he could not discuss specifics for fear of interfering with any investigation. He said the extortion attempt was made within the past few weeks.
DayStar, based in Dallas, airs some of the highest-profile evangelists in the world, including Joel Osteen, T.D. Jakes, Benny Hinn, Kenneth Copeland, Creflo Dollar and Joyce Meyers.
Smart defendant has seizure in court
SALT LAKE CITY — A former street preacher on trial for kidnapping and assaulting Elizabeth Smart suffered an apparent seizure in the courtroom Tuesday and was hospitalized.
The judge adjourned the case for the day after defendant Brian David Mitchell was removed on a stretcher and put in an ambulance.
Paramedics took Mr. Mitchell to a hospital, but neither court officials nor defense attorneys would identify it. His condition could not be determined.
The incident occurred as the jury was about to be called into the courtroom for another day of testimony.
Mr. Mitchell was sitting between two of his defense attorneys when he stopped his daily hymn singing and slumped over slightly in his chair. He cried out — a long, loud moan — as his body twisted to the left.
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