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Former Hillsong Pastor Carl Lentz Denies Sexual Abuse Allegations

Former Hillsong Pastor Carl Lentz has denied allegations of sexual abuse from a former church staffer.

Leona Kimes made the allegations in opposition to the pastor in an essay printed on Medium Monday, titled “Writing My Voice Again.”

She wrote that she was employed because the nanny for the lead pastors however that the “boundaries between private {and professional} blurred early on, and an unhealthy bond and attachment was shaped” as she started working within the household residence.

She says he ultimately despatched her suggestive textual content messages and made her give him foot rubs. She additionally says he touched her inappropriately. She says he by no means kissed her or had intercourse along with her.


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“Through the years I spent serving them, I used to be subjected to manipulation, management, bullying, abuse of energy, and sexual abuse,” she wrote. “Having advised virtually nobody earlier than this, I’m simply now capable of share what I skilled of their residence as the results of intense remedy.”

Kimes later confirmed the unnamed abuser within the article was Lentz in a press release to Faith Information Service (RNS).

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“I felt trapped and silenced. I additionally felt so ashamed and I had been advised to not say something or inform anybody,” she advised the outlet.

A authorized consultant for Carl and his spouse advised Faith Information Service they each “vehemently deny the allegations and, along with that, have irrefutable proof the occasions didn’t occur as they’re being described.”