- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 12, 2020

Televangelist Jim Bakker’s proffering of a sham cure for the coronavirus has landed him a lawsuit from attorneys for the state of Missouri.

Attorney General Eric Schmitt filed paperwork Tuesday in the Circuit Court of Stone County in Galena, Mo., against Mr. Bakker and his production company demanding a judge halt his peddling of a “Silver Solution and related products as treatments for coronavirus.”

The ointment Mr. Bakker has been selling for a month on “The Jim Bakker Show” are “unapproved new drugs” sold in violation of federal food and drug laws, according to a March 6 letter issued by the Food and Drug Administration and the Federal Trade Commission.

Mr. Bakker, according to the lawsuit, has violated a Missouri merchandising law by “falsely promising to consumers that Silver Solution can cure, eliminate, kill or deactivate coronavirus and/or boost elderly consumers’ immune system.” On the contrary, attorneys write, “there is, in fact, no vaccine, pill, potion or other product available to” treat or cure COVID-19.”

According to show transcripts, Mr. Bakker interviewed Sherill Sellman, a “natural health expert” who erroneously boasted her solution could eliminate COVID-19 within 12 hours. He then offered viewers to receive the product by donating $80 or $125 to his for-profit ministry.

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