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Trinity Broadcasting Network Settles Harassment Lawsuit

Jim Burroway

March 30th, 2010
Paul Crouch, Jr.

Paul Crouch, Jr.

The Orange County Register reports that the Trinity Broadcasting Network has settled a lawsuit brought by a former employee who alleged he was harassed for being gay. Brian Dugger, a former broadcast engineer, alleged that Paul Crouch Jr taunted Dugger with gay porn, said TBN was no place for fairies and declared that “Brian has a man-gina.” Teri Sforza has more details:

Dugger began working as a broadcast engineer for Trinity in Nashville in 1993, and grew “exceedingly close” to Paul Crouch Jr.\’s daddy, Paul Crouch, the suit said. When TBN headquarters moved to Southern California, the senior Crouch insisted that Dugger come, too; but once here, the senior Crouch became less involved with the station, while wife Jan and son Paul Crouch Jr. took the reins.

That\’s when things began to get difficult for Dugger, the suit said.

Soon after his transfer to Tustin in 2001, Dugger was told not to dress so gay or to wear jewelry, to act more straight and to pay attention to girls, it said. “Brian has a man-gina!” Paul Crouch Jr. allegedly taunted Dugger (in front of a live video camera and a crowd of TBN workers). The junior Crouch (that\’s him at right) also sent Dugger explicit pictures of genitalia – male, female and transsexual – as well as explicit images of copulating couples and other pornography, the suit said.

Paul Crouch

Paul Crouch

Dugger filed suit for harassment and demanded $1.9 million in punitive damages; $650,000 in general and special damages (lost wages and benefits, emotional distress); as well as statutory damages. Dugger’s attorney said he could not discuss the terms of the settlement.

This is not the first time the Crouch’s empire became enmeshed with gay-related harassment. In 1998, the senior Paul Crouch reportedly paid the princely sum of $425,000 to silence allegations of a gay affair with an employee. Crouch’s attorney’s also went to the Orange County Superior Court to try to prevent the LA times from printing the story. Crouch denied the employee’s allegations.



March 30th, 2010 | LINK

It all doesn’t sound very Christian.

Lindoro Almaviva
March 30th, 2010 | LINK

So daddy is a closeted fag and the son just becomes a raging lunatic in the presence of a gay man? interesting

Paul in Canada
March 31st, 2010 | LINK

An intersting twist on the saying: ” those who live by the sword shall die by the sword”.

Metaphorically, these right-wing religious ‘leaders’ seem to be doing just that……….

paul j stein
March 31st, 2010 | LINK

Praise the LORD!

March 31st, 2010 | LINK

Considering the dysfunction and insanity of the crouch family is it any wonder that they are embroiled in this kind of crap? Just look at Jan Crouch. She is about as nuts as they come. Google her sometime. You’ll see what I mean. She often sounds and looks like she O.D.s on prescription drugs including xanax. She has long gray hair piled high with purple highlights, long fake eyelashes. She makes our friend (may she rest in peace) Tammy Faye Bakker look rather plain in her make-up and dress styles.

Richard Rush
March 31st, 2010 | LINK

Benjamin said, “Just look at Jan Crouch. She is about as nuts as they come.”

Okay, lets have a look. Watch her use a sad letter as a prop to plead for money.

And here’s another. This one includes a bonus – she’s talking with Benny Hinn. And then there’s that drag-queen-worthy hair.

Regan DuCasse
April 1st, 2010 | LINK

FELONY tacky! That black and white suit is HIDEOUS and these people perch themselves on such grandiose sets.

They make my eyes bleed…ugh!

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