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Bishop Weeks Looking for Wife # 3

DULUTH, Ga. (AP) — The ex-husband of national televangelist Juanita Bynum, who divorced after a parking lot fight between the two landed him in jail, plans to take his search for a new wife to the Internet with videos featuring dating tips and what he’s looking for in a mate.

Thomas W. Weeks III, a minister who runs an Atlanta-area church and is known to his followers as Bishop Weeks, said the 10-episode series will be available starting Tuesday on his Web site.

Excerpts available Friday included Weeks, 41, discussing with aides what he should look for in his third wife.

The group concludes the woman should be at least 25 years old but “with special exemptions for 21 and up if they are classy,” Weeks said. She also must want to have children with him.

“This woman has to be very discerning, and very intimate, and very social and very sensual,” Weeks says, laughing. “And on the ministry side she has to be very diverse. She can’t be ugly.”

Bynum, 49, filed for divorce after the couple had an August, 2007, fight in an Atlanta hotel parking lot that landed Weeks in jail on charges that he pushed, choked and beat Bynum.

He pleaded guilty to assaulting her, is serving three years’ probation and has completed court ordered community service and anger management counseling.

In a video on the Web site of his Duluth-based church, Global Destiny International Ministries, Weeks said thousands of people have been writing him to ask about his plans as a newly single man.

He said he wants to give people a Christian perspective on dating.

“Who is going to be the next Mrs. Weeks? Well, God knows,” Weeks said. In the video, he asks viewers to e-mail him dating advice.

Messages left for Weeks at the church were not returned Friday morning. Bynum’s Los Angeles-based publicist also did not return calls.

If Weeks does find love, his attorney Randy Kessler told The Associated Press Friday, “I’d probably do the prenup for free.”

Who needs match.com or eharmony when you can just use your ministry website to hook yourself up? Lol!!! He discusses what he’s looking for and is even taking suggestions on his website. Comments please.

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Bynum to appear on Divorce Court today and Friday

Juanita Bynum will appear on Divorce Court today and Friday. Click here to see a short clip of the two-part episode. As reported by the Associated Press, she is quoted on the show as saying that she is “done” in response to a question about the possibilty of a reconciliation with Bishop Weeks. The mediation date is scheduled for May 13, 2008. As reported by Eurweb, BIshop Weeks is not contesting the divorce.  It was smart of them to keep it out of the court room. I wonder what dirty laundry list prevented the court appearance. I’m sure it was probably too much for their respective congregations and supporters to handle.

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As reported in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution –  Just when the media spotlight was fading on national evangelist Juanita Bynum, the pastor found a new forum where her star could shine again —reality TV.

Frankly, Judge Lynn Toler, of Fox TV’s “Divorce Court”, had no idea who Bynum was when producers asked if they could invite her on the popular courtroom show. Creative minds behind the scenes of Divorce Court wanted to tackle a serious topic —spousal abuse.

Toler’s staff thought Bynum’s national story of surviving domestic violence would help others living with abuse find the strength to leave violent relationships —and attract some solid ratings. “I had never heard of her before,” Toler said of Bynum Wednesday. “The executive producer came to me and said I know you don’t like to do shows on domestic violence, but this is a way we could do it responsibly.”

Footage of Bynum’s two-part interview on Divorce Court has been posted on http://www.divorcecourt.com in anticipation of her appearance today. And if ratings hit a home run, Bynum could be invited back.

A spokesman for Bishop Thomas W. Weeks III on Wednesday said he, too, was asked to go on Divorce Court, but declined the offer. In March, Weeks pled guilty of assaulting Bynum last summer and was given probation as a first offender.

“Bishop Weeks understands that he cannot prevent his wife from saying whatever she wants, but as in the past, if mistruths are told, he will respond accordingly,” said his divorce attorney Randy Kessler.

Bynum’s decision to appear on Divorce Court after the media blitz surrounding her domestic violence trial has some metro Atlantans wondering whether the Pentecostal “prophetess” is trying to extend her stay in the limelight.

Latoya Hardamon of College Park, who has followed Bynum’s ministry, said enough is enough. “You are a woman of God, what is your purpose of going on Divorce Court?” Hardamon said. “We have seen all of that already, we don’t have to hear it again.” Continue reading

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Bishop Thomas Weeks III tells his story to BET!

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

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Juanita Bynum’s ex-husband has a new TELL ALL Book

Oh Lord, it was bound to happen. Bishop Thomas Weeks III (You can hear the interview he had recently with Tom Joyner on his site) has written a tell all book, What Love Taught Me – View the chapter list, sample info, and details at whatlovetaughtme.com. I smell a best seller…hey, Tyler Perry should by the movie rights NOW!! Today. Is it just me or did he write that book really really quick?

Can someone say…”The white usher gloves are off!“?? It’s on!

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The site says that the book, “Uncovers the truth about the internet media driven controversy that has created the most talked about “dual religious and secular” public display in this modern day era of the worldwideweb community.” Ummm….Negro, Please…get over yourself. Continue reading

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Bynum’s future ex-husband sued for $90,000

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is reporting that a former employee of Global Destiny Church is suing Thomas Weeks for $90,000. My question is…does “Bishop” Weeks even have enough money to pay her. Does he still owe 10s of thousands to various creditors. She must be suing the church, not the “Bishop”…if she’s smart that is.

A civil case has been filed against Bishop Thomas W. Weeks III by a woman who says Global Destiny failed to reimburse her for items she was asked to purchase on the job for Weeks and his church. The plaintiff, Suzanne Ellis, alleges in a lawsuit she used her cash and credit cards to help Weeks with supplies.

Attorney for Ellis, Louis Levenson of Levenson & Associates in Atlanta said his client left her job after she was not paid back for the expenses.

“There was no written agreement but in the past she was reimbursed for the very same things,” Levenson said.

Levenson said in the lawsuit that Ellis made the arrangement with Weeks with the “expectation that she would be paid back.”

She is seeking the repayment of $88,556.28, plus applicable interest, attorney’s fees and any other relief “the court deems just and proper,” Levenson said. Continue reading

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Divorce goes slow after Juanita Bynum’s Essence article

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is reporting that the divorce case of national evangelist Juanita Bynum and her estranged husband have broken down since the pastor dished about her troubled marriage in Essence magazine. Attorney for Bishop Thomas W. Weeks III said Monday that the magazine story has halted negotiations between the couple.  Bynum is featured in a story this month about her tumultuous relationship with Weeks. She discusses past incidents of abuse and the night of the alleged Aug. 21 attack that eventually led to the divorce.  Weeks’ attorney Randy Kessler, of Kessler, Schwarz & Solomiany, said the story in Essence “revealed a calculated, aggressive media attack on Bishop Weeks,” who has denied the alleged attack.

“The comments made by Rev. Bynum in that article has sabotaged discussions in the divorce case,” Kessler said.

The Bynum interview hit the stands this month just as the couple was negotiating their divorce settlement. Essence will feature Bynum in a January cover story where she will discuss plans for a domestic violence ministry.

Weeks is denying the abuse claims made in the article.  “Anyone who knows the truth about our marriage, knows what is in that magazine is a bunch of conjectures, misstatements, and dramatized events,” Weeks said in a statement released after a press conference at his church Wednesday.

Weeks said the interview made him look like a “villian” and that he is looking forward to being “vindicated” in the court system.

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Juanita Bynum’s home to be auctioned for unpaid taxes?

Update 10/22: Prophetess Juanita Bynum, 40, says she has paid the back taxes on the Ware County property owned by her ministry, reports the AP. The 6,748-square-foot building would have been auctioned off next month if Bynum hadn’t paid the more than $32,000 owed for property taxes. Bynum says she wants to turn the property into a spa for women.

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Wait a minute, I thought she had money. What happened to the prosperity? Sell the Bentley or something. Render unto God what is God’s and unto Ceasar what is Ceasar’s. Don’t properous people of God pay their taxes? The amount owed is reported to just be a little more than $39,000. I would think that would be her cut of about…ummm…3 offerings at 2-3 mega churches (you know speakers get a cut…come on church folk). There was no fee involved when she was on there talk shows, TBN, or her Essence interview. Where is the $$$? Ok, let me give her the benefit of the doubt. This has been a tough couple of months…maybe she just overlooked it. I’m sure she has the dough.

I’m sure someone will throw a benefit concert or something if not.

The Associated Press – WAYCROSS, Ga.
The south Georgia home of televangelist Juanita Bynum will be auctioned off next month unless she pays nearly $39,000 in back taxes, interests and penalties.

The home, which is owned by Juanita Bynum Ministries Inc., has been advertised among the homes that will be up for sale at the county courthouse on Nov. 6, Ware County Tax Commissioner Steve Barnard told The Florida Times-Union.

Asked why the house is set to be auctioned, Barnard said: “Because she hasn’t paid the 2006 taxes on it.”

The property tax bill on the house is $32,007.56 and Bynum must also pay more than $6,944 in interest, penalties and costs, Barnard said.

Barnard said he was contacted by someone from Bynum’s Waycross office and asked how to resolve the matter. The caller agreed to pay $25,000 on the tax bill and the remainder before the tax sale, “but so far we’ve gotten only $5,000,” Barnard said.

According to tax records, the 6,748-square-foot house sits on more than 23 acres. Because Bynum does not live there, the house does not qualify for homestead exemption. Her Waycross-based ministry bought the house Aug. 18, 2006.

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