Christian Publisher Sues Benny Hinn
Charisma Media (formerly Strang Communications) is suing televangelist Benny Hinn, according to a news article in the Orlando Sentinel. Charisma Media alleges that Hinn violated a morality clause in their contract when he began an “inappropriate relationship” with Paula White, another televangelist. Charisma Media is seeking $250,000.
According to the article, Hinn admitted to a relationship with Paula White after The National Enquirer published photos of the hand-holding couple in Rome. Hinn was married at the time, although his wife, Suzanne, had filed for divorce a few months earlier.
Three years earlier, Hinn had signed a three-book deal with Strang. He was paid a $300,000 advance on the first book, Blood in the Sand, according to the Sentinel article.
Hinn allegedly acknowledged his inappropriate relationship with White to the publisher in August. Strang says that Hinn agreed to refund a portion of the advance, and only filed the legal action when he failed to do so.
In a letter attached to the suit, Strang lawyers also accused Hinn of violating his contract by failing to work hard enough to market Blood in the Sand. They claim he failed to make television appearances to promote it, including several “700 Club” appearances.
Hinn currently lives in the Los Angeles area. He moved there in 1999 after building a national audience at his faith-healing center, World Outreach Center in Orlando, FL., where he preached for 14 years.
Published on: Feb 18, 2011