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ATLANTA - Televangelist Juanita Bynum has filed for divorce from her husband, who is accused of beating her, her lawyer said.

The divorce filing cites cruel treatment, Bynum's attorney, Karla Walker, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The divorce filing also says the marriage between Bynum, 48, and Thomas W. Weeks III, 40, has been "irretrievably broken," Walker said. It was officially filed Monday in Ware County, where Bynum has a home.

Weeks, known to his followers as Bishop Weeks, is accused of beating, stomping, choking and threatening to kill Bynum during an Aug. 21 argument outside an Atlanta hotel. He has been indicted on felony and misdemeanor charges that could send him to prison for up to 27 years.

"She loved her husband," Walker said. "But she does feel it is necessary to stop the domestic violence and go on with the divorce."

A statement issued Friday by Weeks' lawyers said he still holds out hope that he and Bynum can reconcile. Weeks also said last week he would provide his account of what happened at the appropriate time.

Bynum is a former hairdresser and flight attendant who became a Pentecostal evangelist, author and gospel singer. Her ministry blossomed after she preached at a singles event about breaking free of sexual promiscuity. Among her books are "No More Sheets: The Truth About Sex" and "Matters of the Heart."

Her album "A Piece of My Passion" had been listed in the top 10 gospel albums by Billboard magazine for several months. She also preaches through televised sermons.

The couple married in 2002. Together, they wrote "Teach Me How to Love You: The Beginnings."
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What in the world is really goin' on here?? Confused

Bynum's Husband Says He's Contesting Divorce

Date: Tuesday, September 11, 2007
By: Associated Press


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ATLANTA - (AP) A minister accused of attacking his televangelist wife in a hotel parking lot will contest her petition for divorce, his lawyers said Tuesday.

Randy Kessler, one of the attorneys representing Thomas W. Weeks III, said they are considering whether the counterclaim will accuse Juanita Bynum of cruel treatment, the charge her divorce petition levels at Weeks.

"Cruel treatment is a very vague legal term," Kessler said. "There's a possibility that there's cruel treatment on both sides, but we're not committed to that position."

Kessler and Louis Tesser, who is also representing Weeks, are family law attorneys with the Atlanta-based firm Kessler, Schwarz and Solomiany, who have litigated high-profile cases against boxer Evander Holyfield, former Atlanta Falcon Andre Rison, Terrell Owens of the Dallas Cowboys and attorney Willie Gary.

The divorce petition was filed Monday in Ware County, where Bynum has a home, less than three weeks after Bynum accused Weeks of choking, pushing and stomping her in a hotel parking lot in an incident that began the night of Aug. 21 and continued into the next morning. Weeks, known to his followers as Bishop Weeks, was charged with aggravated assault and making terroristic threats and is not allowed to have contact with Bynum.

According to the document, Bynum and Weeks were married July 22, 2002, and have been separated since June. They have no children together.

Bynum, 48, cited "cruel treatment" as grounds for divorce, and said the marriage is "irretrievably broken."

Whether Weeks' attorneys decide to pursue a cruel treatment claim against Bynum is up to him.

"He has to make a decision about whether he wants to do that, especially given that he would still reconcile with her at this point," said Kessler, who added that Weeks does not consider the marriage "irretrievably broken."

Kessler and Tesser said they will likely file a response next week.

In a statement issued through his lawyer last Wednesday, Weeks, 40, apologized to all Christians, his church family and others "having to endure this ordeal."

"Because of the method in which this was handled just hours following the situation, it has not only hurt me, but has damaged the reputation of Christians around the world," Weeks said. "It is for this reason that I continue to trust in God while the storm would try to engulf me. Finally, I'm asking every Christian to pray that God's will be done."

In his statement, Weeks, the pastor and co-founder of Global Destiny Ministries, also cautioned against rushing to judgment in the case and said he would give his side of what happened at the appropriate time.

Early last week, the Washington-based National Black Church Initiative called for Weeks to be suspended for three years from the ministry because of allegations he beat his wife.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, NBCI is asking its 16,000 member churches and their congregants to refuse to support Weeks' ministry or recognize him as ordained clergy.

"We're not just going to tolerate this kind of behavior," the Rev. Vincent Evans told newspaper. "He has hurt the cause of Christ."

The coalition, which works to address racial health disparities and problems in black families, sees Weeks' alleged actions as "morally wrong and reprehensible." Domestic violence, the group said, is a root cause of the failure of black families and marriages.

Karla Walker, Bynum's divorce lawyer, didn't immediately return a phone call seeking comment Tuesday, but she said Monday that Bynum "loved her husband. But she does feel it is necessary to stop the domestic violence and go on with the divorce."

Bynum has accused Weeks, 40, of choking, pushing and stomping her in a hotel parking lot in an incident that began the night of Aug. 21 and continued into the next morning.

Weeks, who is known to his followers as Bishop Weeks, was charged with aggravated assault and making terroristic threats and isn't allowed to have contact with Bynum.

Bynum's publicist, Amy Malone, said in a statement e-mailed to Associated Press on Sunday that Bynum never struck Weeks prior to the assault and that she did not physically retaliate during the assault.

"There was nothing done to provoke or warrant the violent act perpetrated against her," Malone said.

Malone said that Bynum and Weeks have not seen, spoken to, or had any contact with each other since Aug. 22, adding that Bynum has no intentions of reconciling with him.

Bynum is a former hairdresser and flight attendant who became a Pentecostal evangelist, author and gospel singer. Her ministry blossomed after she preached at a singles event about breaking free of sexual promiscuity, and she is known for her intense, no-nonsense style. Her books include "No More Sheets: The Truth About Sex" and "Matters of the Heart."

Her album "A Piece of My Passion" had been listed in the top 10 gospel albums by Billboard magazine for several months. She also preaches through televised sermons.

The couple were married in a million-dollar, televised ceremony. They wrote "Teach Me How to Love You: The Beginnings."


WATCH: Bynum-Weeks YouTube.com Video
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What in the world is really goin' on here?? Confused

[b]Bynum's Husband Says He's Contesting Divorce


Off the top of my head, the issues are as follows:
Money - Bynum is the real money maker, and the chief draw for the ministry. Without her, he is a nobody.
Divorce - Still a big taboo for many Christians. It would be a huge stigma for Weeks. Also, you will be hard pressed to find a black church of any size with an unmarried pastor. In most cases the minister being a man, the congregation assumes that a single man will be on the prowl. Even the 'closeted gay' ministers get married and probably have a kid for show.

One example here in Houston is Joe Ratliff at Brentwood Baptist Church. Joe is on the boards of several seminaries, colleges, etc. A few years ago, a man in the church came forward, charging Joe with sexually assault. This was not a surprise to a lot of folks who have known about Joe's real orientation for years. Some people thought his wife would finally leave him, but she never said a peep. A month or so after the story broke, Joe was in Atlanta for a board meeting at Morehouse College. In a meeting with other pastors, someone got up the nerve to ask him why his wife did not leave. He supposedly said that she would never leave him, because she would never find a man that would treat her as good as he did, and on the off chance she did, he would fight her for him.

There is another church in Houston where a friend of mine is an associate minister. He tells me that whenever the ministry team travels, that the pastor shares a room with his "male friend" (the church organist) and his wife stays with her "female friend" (a choir director). In public, the pastor and the first lady appear like the model couple.
Eek Eek I hope you are joking, Kresge!

I watched a couple of those YouTube videos ... that woman is GHETTO!! Eek

And the way the audience (congregation (?)) was falling all over themselves while she was talking! Eek I haven't seen anything like that in a long time!

And what, exactly, is a "Prophetess"?? Confused Is she claiming some type of divine something or other??
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Eek Eek I hope you are joking, Kresge!

I watched a couple of those YouTube videos ... that woman is GHETTO!! Eek

And the way the audience (congregation (?)) was falling all over themselves while she was talking! Eek I haven't seen anything like that in a long time!

And what, exactly, is a "Prophetess"?? Confused Is she claiming some type of divine something or other??

Nope, not joking.
Yes she is ghetto.
I really don't know how she came up with prophetess. She has supposedly been prophesying for a couple of years.
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Bynum's Husband Says He's Contesting Divorce



What!!!!!!!!!

"Cruel treatment is a very vague legal term," Kessler said. "There's a possibility that there's cruel treatment on both sides, but we're not committed to that position."



I watched her address the media and she seems to be immediately taking up a cause for domestic violence... but NS (I believe)stated and I agree... it seems that she has completely skipped the healing process to instruct other women .... I have to gather my thoughts on what to make of this.... Protractedly she seems to be hurting and using her self appointed prophetess status to avoid embarrassment and pain...
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"Cruel treatment is a very vague legal term," Kessler said. "There's a possibility that there's cruel treatment on both sides, but we're not committed to that position."[/URL]


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"... beating, stomping, choking and threatening to kill Bynum during an Aug. 21 argument..."


Oh now I see why Weeks' legal team is confused... They left out the part that said:
    "... Weeks opened up a can of whoop-ass and poured it on Bynum, staining her Prophetess robe..."


Maybe the divorce filing should be amended...
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Originally posted by kresge:
I really don't know how she came up with prophetess. She has supposedly been prophesying for a couple of years.



Then shouldn't she have seen that beating coming and ducked? Razz


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I thought the same thing about Dionne Warwick when her Psychic Friends Network went down for tax evasion (?) or whatever it was she got in trouble for!! I was like ... You couldn't have had a 'vision' that the police were coming to knock down your door and want to take you to jail?? Confused


But, I guess I kept getting "psychic" mixed up with "prophet" when I would think about it. 19 But a "prophet(ess)" goes even deeper than just being able to have some sixth sense about things. If she's claiming a "prophetess" role ... then after watch her ... she's even sadder and more of a crook than I orginally gave her credit for!! Eek

As far as I'm concerned, she's totally full of bs.
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Originally posted by EbonyRose:
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Originally posted by HonestBrother:
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Originally posted by kresge:
I really don't know how she came up with prophetess. She has supposedly been prophesying for a couple of years.



Then shouldn't she have seen that beating coming and ducked? Razz


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I thought the same thing about Dionne Warwick when her Psychic Friends Network went down for tax evasion (?) or whatever it was she got in trouble for!! I was like ... You couldn't have had a 'vision' that the police were coming to knock down your door and want to take you to jail?? Confused


But, I guess I kept getting "psychic" mixed up with "prophet" when I would think about it. 19 But a "prophet(ess)" goes even deeper than just being able to have some sixth sense about things. If she's claiming a "prophetess" role ... then after watch her ... she's even sadder and more of a crook than I orginally gave her credit for!! Eek

As far as I'm concerned, she's totally full of bs.


Aren't all televangelists?
You know, I am so far removed from the Christian scene these days. On the few times I let the station actually land on one of those Christian channels, I am shocked and amazed at what I'm looking at!! Eek Eek Just doesn't even describe it! But, I figured that all that was just extreme and not really representative of what goes on in churches across the country.

But then, when I hear about what really goes on in real churches and ministries (and when did this 'ministries' thing take over?? Confused it's just as bad!!

When the church channel here did their telethon thingy, they hired temp. workers (apparently, they couldn't get enough volunteers!) to come and answer the phones. It was the one with the lady with the pink hair -- I think they're national -- but, that was such a trip, I can't even tell you! Eek When we took a donation and someone wanted a 'prayer partner' to pray that they would somehow find the money they had just pledged, we'd have to switch them over to one of the Members, because as temps, they were afraid of what me might say! Big Grin

But this is the main trouble I have with these pimp/preacher/prophetess (should be profit-ess) type people. They use people's faith, their need and desire to connect with God against them with some triple-scoop bs that leads them nowhere fast! Mad
Well this is what I heard last night, according to my source they were out having dinner at the hotel where the incident took place with her sister and they got into a heated argument. Bishop Meeks got up and walked away and she followed him towards the exit where the incident happened, antagonizing him as he walked out. That's when he choked her. The reason, I bring this up is because of her 'ghetto-ness' you all keep talking about. A ghetto or uncouth woman will antagonize a man to incite him into an argument or a fight. Instead of getting his azz later on....
Also, she is not telling her story to anyone else except Essence magazine. Check blackamericaweb.com about this. Apparently this was discussed on the Tom Joyner Morning Show.
Now as a disclaimer this was all hearsay...so I can't say for sure...I heard this from my cousin Peaches who heard it from her cousin Kim who says that they heard it on the radio....LOL
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When the church channel here did their telethon thingy, they hired temp. workers (apparently, they couldn't get enough volunteers!) to come and answer the phones. It was the one with the lady with the pink hair -- I think they're national -- but, that was such a trip, I can't even tell you! Eek When we took a donation and someone wanted a 'prayer partner' to pray that they would somehow find the money they had just pledged, we'd have to switch them over to one of the Members, because as temps, they were afraid of what me might say! Big Grin


LOl, you are talking about Jan Crouch the co-founder of TBN, the show is called 'Praise the Lord'. That pink haired lady is SCARY! Doesn't she look like the human incarnation of Miss Piggy from the Muppets?



I remember one time they were supposedly 'raising money' to send Haitian children little blonde haired blue eyes white dolls.(Lord knows that's what Haitian children really need!) She was crying all over the place and she looked like she was gonna melt in that Haitian sun!

As strange as it may seem, I do tune into TBN every now and then. My parents used to make me watch the 700 club so that I would 'know the enemy'. You really get a good insight on the white supremacist, ultra-right wing, conservative, fundy X-tian, Zionist, take on things.

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But this is the main trouble I have with these pimp/preacher/prophetess (should be profit-ess) type people. They use people's faith, their need and desire to connect with God against them with some triple-scoop bs that leads them nowhere fast! Mad


I'm sorry, but I have a real hard time feeling sorry for the people who fall for this televangelist BS nowadays. I always wondered what kind of morons give their hard earned money to these televangelists. The folks who fall for this con are even simpler than the people who get conned by the Nigerian e-mail scams. A fool and their money soon part.

[QUOTE]Originally posted by Oshun Auset:
LOl, you are talking about Jan Crouch the co-founder of TBN, the show is called 'Praise the Lord'. That pink haired lady is SCARY! Doesn't she look like the human incarnation of Miss Piggy from the Muppets?

lol I never made the Miss Piggy connection ... but you are absolutely right about that!! lol

And she cried and cried through that telethon, too!

They fed us dinner (everyday for a week) and were nice enough to work for. But the number of people who called and said that they had no money but wanted to pledge and pray for it to come anyway, just made me shake my head.
The saga continues ... Roll Eyes

Bynum's Estranged Husband Speaks Out

Date: Sunday, September 16, 2007
By: Errin Haines, Associated Press


DULUTH, Ga. - (AP) Televangelist Juanita Bynum's husband said Friday he and his wife spent the night together the day before she says he beat her, and it had boosted his hopes for reconciliation.

Thomas W. Weeks III's comments at the headquarters of Global Destiny Ministries -- where the couple has preached for several years -- were his first to reporters about the alleged attack on his estranged wife last month.

"In the last five years I have always loved my wife and have been nothing but faithful to her," Weeks said. "I want to be clear in saying I do not condone in any way shape or form violence of any kind towards women."

The incident unfolded the morning of Aug. 22 when police were called to Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta, where they found Bynum with bruises. According to the police report, she told officers Weeks "choked her, pushed her down, kicked and stomped her ... until a bellman pulled him off of her" the night before.

Weeks faces charges of aggravated assault and making terroristic threats. He is free on $40,000 bond and is not allowed to have contact with Bynum.

Weeks said Friday that he and Bynum had met at a restaurant at the hotel the night of Aug. 21 for a business meeting. But one night earlier, he said, "I was with my wife the entire night ... and felt that our love for each other was going to get us through these hard times."

He suggested he walked away when a dispute arose: "I have walked away from many situations between the two of us, just like I walked away that night," he said. But he did not take questions, and did not explain how he "walked away."

A spokeswoman for Bynum, Amy Malone, said the televangelist had not seen her husband's statement and had no immediate comment.

Bynum earlier this month filed for divorce, saying that the marriage is "irretrievably broken" and citing "cruel treatment." Weeks initially said he would challenge it, but later said he would not.

Weeks told reporters their estrangement began on June 3 when Bynum announced to the church that she was "planning to leave our church never to return." On June 14, Weeks said, Bynum sent him a letter through a lawyer asking him to "cease and desist selling any of our church ministry products with her name, face, image, sound or likeness."

Bynum and Weeks wed in a million-dollar, televised ceremony in July 2002, and their marriage played a prominent role in their ministries. The couple co-wrote "Teach Me How to Love: The Beginnings."

Bynum, 48, is head of a ministry that also includes a gospel record label and seminar tours. She has sold thousands of motivational books, CDs and DVDs related to empowerment and relationships.

Weeks, 40, is known to his followers as Bishop Weeks and is head of Global Destiny Ministries, based in the Atlanta suburb of Duluth.
Thank you for posting this information EbonyRose. So this backs up what I posted a few days ago.
Juanita Bynum is scandalous! Now I suspect that she chased him down in the parking lot running that mouth. Because you know how some folks can get the 'you ain't gonna walk away from me' syndrome. I am not condoning him choking her, but damn it sometimes certain actions women know that they can take do provoke a man. Then she is selling her story exclusively to Essence magazine. I tell you I am now starting to question Juanita Bynum because apparently she is not complicit in this entire issue as she initially was presented to be....
Yeah, I'm thinking we won't really get all the details until this thing goes to trial ... or at least until the divorce gets going. Right now, he's not doing a whole lot of talking ... and she's just trying to make money off the whole incident!!

On that YouTube link that I posted, there was another video where she was "preaching" (?) and was discussing a time she picked up a brick to hit her husband with, in case the discussion they were having got out of control. She apparently had every intention of using it too, if she needed to.

Homegirl appears to be no stranger to violence ... neither dishing it out, nor taking it! Eek It's sad what some people will do, though, not to stop the flow of money. Roll Eyes
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...and was discussing a time she picked up a brick to hit her husband with, in case the discussion they were having got out of control. She apparently had every intention of using it too, if she needed to...
So they have bricks just laying around??!!

Must be the ones they use on the congregation when they don't give up their proper tithe percentage...
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I really don't know how she came up with prophetess. She has supposedly been prophesying for a couple of years.



Then shouldn't she have seen that beating coming and ducked? Razz


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I thought the same thing about Dionne Warwick when her Psychic Friends Network went down for tax evasion (?) or whatever it was she got in trouble for!! I was like ... You couldn't have had a 'vision' that the police were coming to knock down your door and want to take you to jail?? Confused


But, I guess I kept getting "psychic" mixed up with "prophet" when I would think about it. 19 But a "prophet(ess)" goes even deeper than just being able to have some sixth sense about things. If she's claiming a "prophetess" role ... then after watch her ... she's even sadder and more of a crook than I orginally gave her credit for!! Eek

As far as I'm concerned, she's totally full of bs.


Understand that all leaders have issues. No one is PERFECT, but the ALMIGHTY GOD. God is in the "PUR FECT ING" business and he will mature those areas in our lives that need growth.I see this as an opportunity for her to grow. No one wins in a divorce! So you think it's ok to laugh when a leader misses the mark? Hmm, I'm sure your time will come and you will see just how much you need God yourself. Consider yourself. I'm sure she has feelings just like anyone else. I understand now why David said he would rather fall into the hands of God instead of man because GOD has mercy, but mankind wouldn't let a person live anything down. People like this position themselves to work just like Satan with the spirit of condemnation. All (seemingly) dead situations can be resurrected by GOD, even her. Pray for her, don't write her off because this woman has been a blessing to more people than you know. Many have given their lives to a life of holiness and consecration to God because of her ministering to them. You reject the method, but it's the MESSAGE you should take into view. Juanita Bynum is still Gods chosen vessel so be careful how you touch Gods anointed. God will rise on her behalf if he must. The question is, could you take the same persecution for messing up? Like the woman and man caught in the very act of adultery, they wanted to stone the woman, but where was the MAN? Hmm, he walked away and NO ONE came after him. It was the WOMAN they wanted to stone to death. Understand that a WOMAN is a vessel for Gods use to and we make the wrong decisions sometimes so don't write us off in the process. Without US (WOMEN) a man has no ground to multipy a seed that could very well BIRTH the next Leader.

In Him,
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Bynum Appearing on 'Divorce Court'

Date: Tuesday, April 22, 2008
By: Errin Haines, Associated Press



ATLANTA - (AP) Televangelist Juanita Bynum says in a two-part episode of "Divorce Court" that she's through with her marriage to minister Thomas W. Weeks III, who is on probation for assaulting her.

In episodes scheduled to air Thursday and Friday, Bynum also says she had thoughts of suicide and weighs in on a case involving domestic violence. When asked what advice she had for women in situations similar to hers, she said, "I have to make a decision ... to take the love that I had for him with me."

In a transcript of the show obtained by The Associated Press, Bynum said she would always love Weeks, but made a decision to "love me more."

Weeks pleaded guilty in March to assaulting Bynum on Aug. 21 in a hotel parking lot outside of Atlanta; police said Bynum told investigators he choked her, pushed her down and kicked and stomped her.

Weeks was sentenced to three years' probation and ordered to perform community service and undergo counseling.

Bynum, a prominent televangelist whose message of women's empowerment resonated with many followers, said she saw signs of trouble in her marriage well before the assault.

"I was just trying to make it work because I don't like losing relationships," Bynum told Judge Lynn Toler, who hears cases on the syndicated show distributed by Twentieth Television. "All of this just kept getting swept under the rug ... So you begin to adapt to a very wrong and very unhealthy marriage."

The couple wed in a million-dollar, televised ceremony in 2002 and together wrote "Teach Me How to Love You: The Beginnings." Bynum filed for divorce a month after the attack.

When asked on "Divorce Court" whether she and Weeks were planning a reconciliation, Bynum said she is "done."

"I can't speak for him, but I no longer want the marriage," she said.

Weeks' divorce attorney, Randy Kessler, said on Tuesday that the divorce is moving forward. A mediation date is scheduled for May 13.

"Reconciliation is not in the works and not even being discussed now," Kessler said, adding that the show appearance could affect the mediation.

Bynum also was asked about rumors that she tried to commit suicide.

"Suicide crossed my mind ... You know, I felt hopeless," Bynum said. "I didn't because the name Bynum represents a legacy of people that have gone before me and had I done that I would have given too much power to an individual to not just wipe me out but to wipe out the integrity of the legacy I was born in."

Bynum is a former hairdresser and flight attendant who became a Pentecostal evangelist, author and gospel singer. Weeks is the founder of Global Destiny churches.
Wait!! There's more!! Eek

Bynum's Husband Claims Abuse in Book

Date: Tuesday, April 29, 2008
By: Errin Haines, Associated Press



ATLANTA - (AP) The estranged husband of evangelist Juanita Bynum says in a new book that she has tried to use a highly publicized physical altercation to revive her own flagging ministry.

The self-published book by minister Thomas Weeks III includes chapters with titles such as "I Would Rather Push You Now Than Punch You Later" and "She Wanted to Be Oprah at Any Cost" and says it was Weeks who suffered physical and emotional abuse in the relationship.

In the 153-page "What Love Taught Me," Weeks says the Aug. 21 dispute was nothing more than a continuation of the "heated fellowship" the two ministers engaged in during their marriage. The scuffle between the two in a hotel parking lot landed Weeks in jail on charges he pushed, choked and beat Bynum, and he ultimately pleaded guilty to assaulting her. He is serving three years of probation.

Weeks claims his wife instigated the parking lot incident and used it to paint herself as a poster girl for domestic violence and to boost her ministry.

"Ultimately, she had to have a plot and a plan to destroy my credibility, to leak issues that were in the process of being resolved ... so that she could get out of the marriage almost blameless," he wrote.

Weeks said he wrote the book in the days after his arrest. Within days, Bynum announced her intentions to become "the new face of domestic violence" and last week, she appeared in a two-part episode of "Divorce Court" offering advice to a couple dealing with alleged abuse in their marriage -- moves Weeks said were indicative of her desire for more secular fame.

"She needed a way out of the marriage so that she could keep her following, possibly grow her following ... develop a cause that can support her without preaching and promote her secular career, while ending her marriage," Weeks wrote. "Juanita was tired of preaching. She was tired of the conference circuit. She was more bored."

Amy Malone, Bynum's publicist, said Monday she had not seen the book and could not comment. Bynum did not immediately respond to a request through Malone for a response to Weeks' claims.

The book is Weeks' most lengthy public statement about their marriage. He remained largely silent while charges from his criminal case loomed and because he held out hope for reconciliation with Bynum, who filed for divorce.

Weeks said he is telling his story to help others heal, to clear his name and to bring balance to the story that has unraveled over the past eight months.

Weeks said in the book that they both had strong personalities and that there were times when their arguments turned violent.

In one altercation Weeks describes, he says Bynum became enraged and choked him when he was distracted on his laptop computer while riding home in a limousine after a black tie affair in New York. Weeks claims that a few months later, Bynum punched him in the face and neck while he was sleeping.

Weeks said Bynum was the instigator of both incidents and that he walked away.

"I decided a long time ago to become a man avoiding domestic violence," Weeks wrote. "My internal mantra was I would rather push you now than have to punch you later. I can count at least 20 to 25 times I had to get out of the room before things escalated, and some of those times I had to push her out of the way as a result of her trying to keep me in the room where things could have gotten much more serious."

The night of Aug. 21 was an example of such a situation, Weeks said.

According to him, the couple had just finished arguing at the Renaissance Hotel when Weeks left and headed for his vehicle.

Bynum followed, blocking the driver's side door and began to cause a scene, Weeks said. He says she then swung at him with a cell phone in her hand.

"Avoiding her swing to my head, I pushed her away with great force causing her to hit the ground pretty hard," he said. "I paused and looked at her because I have never pushed her that hard."

By morning, reports of the confrontation were circulating on the Internet and in the media and Weeks turned himself in two days later to face charges of aggravated assault and making terroristic threats.

Bynum is a former hairdresser and flight attendant who became a Pentecostal evangelist, author and gospel singer. Her ministry blossomed after she preached at a singles event about breaking free of sexual promiscuity. Among her books are "No More Sheets: The Truth About Sex" and "Matters of the Heart." She has recorded top-selling gospel albums and also preaches through televised sermons.

Weeks -- who is known to his followers as Bishop Weeks and is the pastor and co-founder of Global Destiny Ministries in Duluth -- co-wrote "Teach Me How to Love You: The Beginnings" with Bynum.

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