In Novemberallegations surfaced that Haggard had a three-year relationship with Mike Jones, a male escort, involving drugs and sex for money.
He and other evangelical leaders participated in weekly conference calls with senior White House aides during the Bush administration. Prior to that time, I discussed it with my wife, my therapist and our children.
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Haggard denies the new accusation. In the last three weeks, Boyd said, the young man told him that he was considering going public with his story because Haggard was portraying himself as a victim in an upcoming HBO documentary called "The Trial of Ted Haggard," which is scheduled to air Thursday.
Why trial could take years. Haggard said in interviews that he received a massage from Jones, but denied having sex with him.
Mixx Facebook Twitter Digg del. After those allegations became public, New Life fired Haggard and he reed as president of the national organization.
On Friday, New Life Church announced Haggard's relationship with the volunteer in a letter to the congregation. Plus it was in violation of the agreement we ed with them," Boyd said.
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It was to help him move forward, not a settlement to keep him quiet," said Boyd, senior pastor at New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Once again, I ask the year-old for his forgiveness, as well as the people of the church.
The controversy involving Haggard erupted when Jones, the former prostitute, said the pastor had paid him for sex over three years and had used methamphetamine in his presence. In a statement provided to CNN via HBO, Haggard said he had met with his wife, the year-old and a church overseer to ask the year-old's "forgiveness for our inappropriate relationship.
Ted Haggard was fired from New Life Church after allegations about a prostitute and drug use arose in Haggard, who was fired amid allegations that he used drugs and patronized a male prostitute inhad a sexual relationship with a second man -- a year-old volunteer at his megachurch, the Rev. Brady Boyd, a senior pastor at the church, said Monday. Ted Haggard denies the new accusation of a sexual relationship Haggard was fired after drug, male prostitute allegations in Senior pastor tells CNN Haggard had sexual relationship with church volunteer Pastor says church reached settlement to keep year-old from speaking publicly Next Article in Crime ».
Under the settlement, the church provided the man money to pay his college tuition, moving expenses and counseling, Boyd said.
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I can promise you that in the days ahead, we won't be identified with scandal, but helping the widows and orphans. Haggard founded New Life in his basement in and oversaw its growth to an influential megachurch with roughly 15, members.
Haggard is the former president of the National Association of Evangelicals, a group that says it represents millions of people in 45, church congregations nationwide. Jones said Monday that he has spoken with the former church volunteer whom Boyd said had a relationship with Haggard.
He also said he bought methamphetamine, but threw it away instead of using it. The assertions received widespread news coverage and sparked charges of hypocrisy, particularly because Haggard had condemned homosexual sex in a documentary called "Friends of God. In a settlement with New Lifethe church and Haggard agreed that he would retain his six-figure salary for a year, leave the Colorado Springs area, receive counseling, and not speak publicly about what had happened for one year, according to a church staff member with knowledge of the settlement who was not authorized to speak on the record.
From the Blogs: Controversy, commentary, and debate. Sit tight, we're getting to the good stuff. The church agreed to pay the man in exchange for his pledges not to talk publicly about the relationship, Boyd said, referring to a settlement reached by the man's lawyer and the church's insurance company.
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