The New York bishop, who was robbed at gunpoint during a live mass in July and then had his apparent wealth examined, is now filing a lawsuit against a local radio station that allegedly aired loaded allegations about him.
Bishop Lamore Whitehead appeared on his Instagram account in July, in a viral video that showed armed assailants cutting service and stealing nearly $1 million in jewelry. Whitehead has now sued Tarsha Jones, host 94.7 The Block, in New York District Court, claiming she spread lies about him after the theft.
On about 9/13/2022, Miss Jones said, on her morning radio show on 94.7 The Block, that Bishop Whitehead: a ‘drug dealer’, used the church to hide old drug money; he ‘assaulted the young woman’ and ‘his church is where perhaps He’s still doing his dirty work at it,” according to the lawsuit.
Whitehead’s lawyer called the allegations false and said they “damaged the plaintiff’s reputation as a pastor” and hinted at criminal activity that affected his denomination. His lawsuit seeks $50 million in defamation damages from Jones and Paramount, the parent company of The Block.
Jones and The Block did not immediately respond to request for comment. Paramount did not immediately respond to comment either.
Whitehead has 1.5 million followers on Instagram, where he goes live regularly, and has previously dismissed criticism of his wealth and past legal battles.
Whitehead’s parent, Pauline Anderson, sued Whitehead in September 2021, alleging that she gave him $90,000 to help her buy a home after she told him she had poor credit. According to court documents, he was sued and alleged that he kept the money and pocketed for his political campaign.
“For the record, anything given to me is a donation unless it is attached to a contract! I’ve been making investments and that’s what I’m doing!” Whitehead sent Anderson a text message, according to a presentation in the lawsuit.
In the diocese’s lawsuit, which was first reported by The City, Anderson’s lawyers alleged that Whitehead first met Anderson after he helped her son Rashid secure housing after an extensive surgery. Whitehead had spent five years in state prison for fraud and grand theft, according to the city.