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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.