BET aired an exclusive video interview with Bishop Thomas Weeks, III given by Gerard Henry today at 11 AM. (If you missed it, it will be re-aired tonight at 10 PM.) In the interview, Bishop Weeks gave his version of the alleged beating and stomping of his wife (Juanita Bynum) on August 21, 2007. He also discussed their initial courtship, marriage, and gave his opinion on Juanita Bynum’s possible motives related to the altercation as well her overall ambitions.
According to Bishop Weeks, he was in a hotel room with Juanita and decided to leave because their argument was getting too intense. She followed him to his truck and tried to prevent him from getting in. He pushed her and she fell to the ground. The bellman came running over and grabbed him and tried to fight him. They struggled a bit and Juanita yelled “Don’t hit my husband” to the bellman. To further avoid fighting, Bishop Weeks left the scene. He also stated that they were not meeting to reconcile because they were already reconciled. They’d had sex 4 days before the incident as well as the night before. He was there because she needed a place to hold her upcoming meeting and wanted to use his church facilities. (Mind you, back in June she told their congregation that she was not planning to return to that church, according to Bishop Weeks in a previous news conference.) He said that in the course of their marriage, he has never hit or choked his wife. He said the pictures provided of the wounds came from her family a day or so after the fact. He suggested that the pictures were fake and that he was set up.
Bishop Weeks also discussed their courtship and their marriage issues. He said that back in March 2002, Juanita Bynum flew him to meet with her to help her with the administration process of a women’s conference she was planning in Tampa, Florida that year. With his help, her conference went from 1,800 registrants to 29,000. Some time after the conference ended (and a couple of weeks after they had been dating), she called him and told him that she thought they should get married. He agreed. He said he also figured that since she had taught so much on the process of being a godly woman and wife, he thought he was getting a prepared woman. Throughout the course of their marriage, he said that she called for a divorce two other times because of rumors that he was gay, which he denies. He also said that she, in fact, had been the abuser in their relationship. In his first example, he shared that while he was trying to finish an email he was drafting while riding in a 10 seat-er limo with her, she got frustrated with his lack of attention to her. She then threw down the laptop, grabbed him by his tie and said to him that he is going to treat her the way she wants to be treated. In another account, he said that after she had some kind of operation (he didn’t give details of the operation), she was annoyed about something and hit him in the head twice while he was in bed. He had to catch her hand before he hit him a third time.
Bishop Weeks also told Gerard about Juanita’s ambitions to be the next ‘Orpah’. He said that she was tired of preaching and wanted to do something more on a Hollywood level. He told her that he would not be Stedman, but still do his thing. He likes TV and ministry and would not change his course for her ambitions. He believes that she felt that maybe he would try to hold her back since Juanita has felt in the past that she has been abused by other ministries for their gain. He also dropped his spiritual revelation on Gerard that Juanita needed him, because she needed a king to be a queen. He felt that she wasn’t able to get into certain circles or walk through certain doors because she didn’t have a husband. She needed a ‘mand of God’. (Yes, he said ‘mand of God’ at least 4 times…I counted).
In the end, Bishop Weeks’ hope for his wife is that she will find God again. He said that his heart is still open for her to come back. In the beginning of the interview, he stated that he did his part to pull back his new book detailing their relationship because as a husband, he wanted to protect her and the church.
The interview was only 30 minutes long, but his account of the fight and relationship totally conflict with her version, as to be expected. Bishop Weeks is ready to talk and has given other exclusive interviews recently. He shares about the same information and maybe a bit more to Lee Baily in a two-part interview on EURWeb.com. I wouldn’t be surprised if their divorce happened quietly going forward since he seems ready to tell all. I’m not picking sides, but I think it’s clear that unless they settle their issues outside the court(privately), there will be a lot more questions to answer and a lot of answers we all may not be ready for. To start, if he didn’t hit her and the photographs are fake, why does she really want a divorce???