January 17, 2005

Nonprofit Settles Cases Saying Minister Tried Forcing Sex


POSTED: 7:54 am EST January 14, 2005

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The chief financial officer and two other former employees of a defunct low-cost-housing provider have settled lawsuits accusing Project Homestead's founder of pressuring them to have sex.

The three men agreed to share $20,000 to be paid by Nationwide and Allstate insurance companies, which represent the bankrupt Project Homestead.

Randolph Mitchell, Robert Donnell Jr. and Mischell Sinclair filed separate lawsuits against the Rev. Michael King and Project Homestead in 2003.

None could be reached for comment Thursday.

Their lawyer, Randolph James of Winston-Salem, said they agreed to settle when it became obvious it would be unlikely there would be much money in Project Homestead's bankrupt estate to pay the men even if they won their lawsuits. ...

Donnell alleged in his lawsuit that King fired him because he refused to participate in sex acts with other men at the Garden of Prayer Baptist Church, which King founded in 1979.

Sinclair, Project Homestead's former family services coordinator, said in his lawsuit he submitted to King's request to have sex with him and a group of other men in King's church, which King called his ``fellowship.''

Posted by kshaw at January 17, 2005 02:08 AM