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. Continue reading