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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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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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!
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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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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