From the pulpit to the police station.
Megapastor Creflo Dollar addressed his congregation on Sunday to
save his image profess his innocence and deny putting his hands on his 16 year old daughter during an argument between the two that took place early Friday morning.
Megachurch pastor Creflo Dollar staunchly denied Sunday that he punched and choked his 15-year-old daughter in an argument, telling his congregation the allegations made in a police report are nothing but “exaggeration and sensationalism.”
“I will say this emphatically: I should have never been arrested,” Dollar said in his first public appearance two days after police charged him with misdemeanor counts of simple battery and cruelty to children.
The pastor got an enthusiastic ovation from the packed church as he took the pulpit Sunday at the World Changers Church International in metro Atlanta. He addressed the criminal charges head-on for several minutes before moving on to his sermon.
“I want you all to hear personally from me that all is well in the Dollar household,” Dollar said.
He was arrested after his 15-year-old daughter called 911 at about 1 a.m. Friday and told a Fayette County sheriff’s deputy that she and her father argued when he said she couldn’t go to a party. A police report says the girl told a deputy her father charged at her, put his hands around her throat, began to punch her and started hitting her with his shoe. The deputy noted a scratch on her neck.
“The truth is that a family conversation with our youngest daughter got emotional,” he said. “And emotions got involved and things escalated from there.”
He said the mark on his daughter’s neck had been there for about 10 years and was caused by a skin condition, eczema.
“The truth is she was not choked, she was not punched. There were not any scratches on her neck,” Dollar said. “But the only thing on her neck was a prior skin abrasion from eczema. Anything else is exaggeration and sensationalism.”
Dollar’s 15-year-old daughter is the one who called authorities and told them her father punched and choked her. Her 19-year-old sister corroborated the story. But Dollar didn’t publicly display any anger toward his children.
“I will never put any fault on my children, as Jesus would never put any fault on me,” he said.
Dollar’s wife, Taffi, is a co-pastor at the church. She addressed the congregation before her husband but did not touch on the allegations.
Let the church say hmmmmmm.