Not the Devil's Work: Ex-Employee Accuses Christian Broadcaster Daystar of Defamation

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Marcus and Joni Lamb
Late last year, you may recall the excitement surrounding the Christian TV mega-network Daystar, whose co-founder Marcus Lamb announced on the air that he'd had an affair with one of his employees. Three ex-employees, he said, were trying to extort $7.5 million from Lamb and his wife Joni, threatening to go public with news of the affair.

The next day, ex-Daystar employee Jeanette Hawkins filed suit against the broadcaster, saying she was shocked to discover Lamb's affair taking place within the wholesome Christian workplace she thought she'd been working in. Two days later, Daystar countersued Hawkins, along with two other ex-employees, Karen Thompson and Jennifer Falcon, claiming they were extorting the couple -- even though they previously hadn't been named.

And, save for a Daystar downsizing announcement last week, then things were pretty quiet -- until today, when Thompson, a former producer on Daystar's The Joni Show, filed a complaint against Daystar in Dallas federal court, accusing the company of defamation and saying she was wrongly terminated.

According to the complaint, which follows, Thompson joined Daystar in 2002, and by early last year she'd struck up a romantic relationship with a co-worker -- "not prohibited by any policy of Daystar," the suit says.

In January 2010, though, Joni Lamb told Thompson to end the relationship, saying, according to the suit, "that she had 'shamed' both Daystar and Joni Lamb, called [Thompson] a 'liar' and a 'bad example' and told [Thompson] that she was 'unhealthy.'" Thompson also alleges Joni Lamb asked "explicit and inappropriate" questions about the relationship.

Update at 3:20 p.m. Tuesday: Daystar, through its legal representatives, has emailed Unfair Park a response to the litigation filed Monday in Dallas federal court. It reads in full:
Ms. Thompson's claims are without merit, and in its answer to this lawsuit, Daystar will say that Ms. Thompson initiated a relationship with another employee, who was under her supervision and approximately 15 years younger. She was repeatedly told that the relationship was incompatible with her leadership position at Daystar. Unfortunately, she refused to end this disruptive relationship, becoming increasingly resentful and disruptive over time, leading to her termination.


After Thompson refused to end her relationship, the suit goes on, she was fired. The man she'd been seeing, though, "was neither demoted nor fired."

The suit -- filed by attorney James Fisher, who also filed Hawkins's complaint -- then goes on to paint a much richer picture of sexual misconduct at Daystar, including Marcus Lamb's "illicit relationship with a female Vice President," and accusations of sexual harassment by Joni Lamb's father Bill Trammell.

In each case, the complaint says, the male employee was never demoted or fired for their conduct.

The suit goes on to accuse Daystar of defaming Thompson, claiming in the press -- on Daystar, as well as on Good Morning America and Dr. Phil -- that those three ex-employees were doing the work of "the Devil," and attempting to extort money from the church.

According to this suit, Marcus and Joni Lamb deliberately described Thompson, Falcon and Hawkins as criminal extortionists being investigated by law enforcement, even though Fisher, their attorney, was the one who'd approached the Lambs about the suit.

Karen Thompson v. Daystar Complaint

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Sandydeee
Sandydeee

One GIANT caveat of this lawsuit - she fails to mention that she was MARRIED while sleeping with the employee who was 15 years younger than her. And yes, that is expressly forbidden by Daystar because Daystar is, by law, a church. And the church adheres to teachings of the Bible, which include the forbidding of adultery by those in leadership in the church. She's a liar.

Joe
Joe

Wanna protect the sanctity of marriage, stop cheating on your wife.

John Dandrov
John Dandrov

I love Christians. I am one.

Sorry to say these people are not.

dfwrez
dfwrez

remember kids, do as I say, not as I do. LOL

Clancey
Clancey

So, they blamin' dat' Ol' Debbil again, doing the work of the Debbil:

There is the epic Federal Court case all first semester law students stumble across, Mayo v. Satan and His Staff. Case dismissed due to lack of direction as to service of process.

Here's your laugh for the day, from Wiki:----------------

United States ex rel. Gerald Mayo v. Satan and His Staff, 54 F.R.D. 282 (W.D.Pa. 1971)[1], was a court case in which a man filed a lawsuit against Satan and his servants in United States District Court. It was dismissed on a technicality.

Gerald Mayo filed a claim before the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania in which Mayo alleged that "Satan has on numerous occasions caused plaintiff misery and unwarranted threats, against the will of plaintiff, that Satan has placed deliberate obstacles in his path and has caused plaintiff's downfall" and had therefore "deprived him of his constitutional rights". This is prohibited under several sections of the United States Code. Mayo filed in forma pauperis - that is, he asserted that he would not be able to afford the costs associated with his lawsuit and that they therefore should be waived.

In his decision, U.S. District Court Judge Gerald J. Weber first noted that the jurisdictional situation was unclear. While no previous cases had been brought by or against Satan and so no official precedent existed, there was an "unofficial account of a trial in New Hampshire where this defendant filed an action of mortgage foreclosure as plaintiff", a clever[citation needed] reference to the short story "The Devil and Daniel Webster". Judge Weber suggested that the defendant (who had claimed in that story to be an American), should he appear, might have been therefore estopped from arguing a lack of personal jurisdiction.

Judge Weber also noted that the case was certainly appropriate for class action status, and it was not then clear that Mayo could properly represent the interests of the entire (immense) class. Ultimately, though, the Court refused the request to proceed in forma pauperis because the plaintiff had not included instructions for how the U.S. Marshal could serve process on Satan.

CrackerDaddy
CrackerDaddy

All that repressed/hidden sexuality.......bursting loose.....LOL

Montemalone
Montemalone

Fucking xtian asswipes.

When are we ever gonna see some scandal or crime or hypocritical gay meth massage from an atheist? I'm beginning to think we're all perfect!

Lemonaioli
Lemonaioli

Those crazy Christians! Guess it's okay to intentionally sin since all will be forgiven. But where to draw the line? That's a toughy!

Jack E. Jett
Jack E. Jett

Marcus Lamb looks like Joan Rivers with a gaystache.

Miranda62500
Miranda62500

Then Marcus should have been fired too! He is married.

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