Popular online media personality and former pastor Larry Reid says the House of Hope Atlanta took legal action that silenced him for weeks after he interviewed a woman who claims she was threatened for reporting a rape that church officials allegedly have been trying to cover up for the last four years.
“Please take this notice as an official request to immediately comply with the orders of the court entered in Fulton and Dekalb Counties by Judge Edmond Adams and Judge Seeliger,” began a message Reid said he received in early September from the church’s lawyer, Quinton Washington, along with two subpoenas to appear in court.
“We will have two hearings on September 11, 2019 unless we reach settlement beforehand. You are not to speak about these matters to anyone and must bring all materials requested in the subpoenas. Further, as we have spoken before and you have not heeded my advice please immediately take down all of the information as the Court orders. Please understand this is not a request these are orders by TWO different Superior Court judges.”
“I will be monitoring all of your social media to ensure compliance starting tomorrow morning as you were served tonight. I interpret take down as immediately as ‘right now’ and definitely before court on the 11th of September. Further ALL communication on any platform you control or use must cease about my client, his place of work etc.”
The church’s action comes after the alleged rape victim — whom The Christian Post is only identifying as Octavia for security reasons — told Cobb County police officer C.B. Neill that she believes someone connected to the church left a threatening message in her mailbox for speaking to Reid about the alleged sexual assault.
“She found a small white piece of paper in her mailbox on September 1st that read, ‘Octavia Stop NOW or Else 83019,’” Neill wrote in his report.
In Octavia’s interview with Reid, he said she told him she was drugged and raped.
“I have a confession and the details of what happened, but they covered it up,” Reid told CP about the allegations against the church. “There was a rape that occurred … drugged and raped.”
Neill, in his report, said: “Reed (sic) posted the interview on his blog located on the Patreon.com website even after [redacted] told Reid she did not give consent for the interview to be shared.”
Reid, however, told CP that Octavia did give him her consent to publish the interview on Patreon.com and provided evidence to support his claim.
He previously admitted to entering into a “consultant agreement” with House of Hope Atlanta’s leader, E. Dewey Smith, for $10,000, which barred him from reporting anything that would negatively impact Smith’s business or his family. A copy of the agreement between Smith and Reid, viewed by CP, shows that if either party breached the agreement they would suffer monetary damages of $250,000.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leonardo Blair