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A woman of Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Nashville has accused Bishop Joseph Walker III of sexual assault.  Valencia Batson and three other woman are suing their former church for $5 million.

The lawsuit allegedly claims Walker church participated in sexual exploitation in counseling, sexual battery, aggravated sexual battery and sexual harassment, assault and false imprisonment.

Mt. Zion issued a statement:

“The only thing this action demonstrates is that anyone can sue, sometimes anonymously, no matter how ridiculous the claims or how sensational the charges. It is truly sad that a church and its leaders can be attacked with such shocking and ugly charges when the apparent motive is to extract huge sums of money from the congregation and its leaders.  It appears this action is not a quest for truth or justice, but instead solely for money.”

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