- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 30, 2008

ATLANTA (AP) — The estranged husband of evangelist Juanita Bynum says in a new book that she tried to use a highly publicized physical altercation to revive her own flagging ministry.

The self-published book by Thomas Weeks III, also a minister, includes chapters with titles such as “I Would Rather Push You Now Than Punch You Later” and “She Wanted To Be Oprah at Any Cost,” and says it was Mr. Weeks who suffered physical and emotional abuse in the relationship.

In the 153-page “What Love Taught Me,” Mr. Weeks says the Aug. 21 dispute was nothing more than a continuation of the “heated fellowship” between the two ministers during their marriage. The scuffle in a hotel parking lot landed Mr. Weeks in jail on charges that he pushed, choked and beat his wife, and he ultimately pleaded guilty to assaulting her. He is serving three years of probation.

Mr. Weeks says his wife instigated the parking lot incident and used it to paint herself as a poster girl for domestic violence and to boost her ministry.

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