As if sex cover-ups, lying, and pink hair wasn’t enough, now TBN is firing employees that do not walk the company line on their own time. In a story I found on Religion Today, TBN founders and owners, Paul and Jan Crouch have fired an employee for offering support and comfort to their own granddaughter Brittney Koper. Brittany is the one that is suing TBN for financial mismanagement, fraud, physical intimidation and sexual harassment.
The TBN scandal is quickly becoming a reenactment of the Jim and Tammy Bakker scandal of the 1980′s. Brittany’s sister Carra Crouch filed a suit as well stating that Paul and Jan Crouch covered up a rape incident that happened to her when she was 13 to protect the reputation of TBN.
I have personally shown video of Paul Crouch, right after the lawsuit was filed by Brittany claiming that “God kills those opposed to TBN“, so honestly the story of Johnathan Rovetto comes as no surprise to me. It has become painfully obvious that Paul and Jan Crouch will say and do anything to hide what is really going on behind the scenes at the Trinity Broadcasting Network. Here are some excerpts from the story.
Sex, Lies, and TBN
Warren Cole Smith, WORLD News Service Monday, August 27, 2012
(WNS) — “It just didn’t make sense.”
That’s what Jonathan Rovetto thought when he heard his employer, Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN), fired Brittany Koper last fall, alleging embezzlement and fraud. After all, Koper is the granddaughter of TBN founders Paul and Jan Crouch. Brittany and her husband Michael, also a TBN employee, made more than $200,000 a year and did not live extravagantly. Brittany was a rising star on track, some people thought, to take over the network one day. Why would she embezzle?
Rovetto had done work for the Trinity Broadcasting Network for nine years, seven as a freelancer and two years full-time as an assistant engineer, so he knew Koper. She had helped orient him when he came on full-time.
Soon she became director of finance and saw for the first time, she says, “the unlawful distribution of the TBN Companies’ charitable assets to Trinity Broadcasting’s directors,” including Paul and Jan Crouch and other Crouch family members. This language comes from a lawsuit Koper filed in February that describes — in sensational detail — claims of financial mismanagement, fraud, physical intimidation, and sexual harassment. Koper’s lawsuit says the “unlawful financial transactions” exceed $50 million
That’s why Rovetto was confused: “My employer was telling me one thing, and I wanted to believe them.” But he says he trusted Brittany and had seen newspaper accounts of spending by the Crouches on mansions, private jets, and luxury hotels. He knew that lawsuits against TBN or its employees and affiliates seemed to crop up regularly. Then, on June 18, Brittany’s sister Carra Crouch, now 19 years old, filed a suit saying a 30-year-old TBN employee had raped her when she was 13. Carra’s lawsuit says TBN “deliberately covered up the incident to protect Trinity Broadcasting from negative publicity.”
For Rovetto, this was the last straw. So he began to support Koper on his Facebook profile: “All I wanted to do was to help my friend.” On June 28, TBN fired him. Rovetto told me that when he was a kid he stood up to a bully who was harassing a smaller girl on a playground. The bully backed off and the little girl gave him a kiss on the cheek. “It was my first kiss,” Rovetto said.
Jonathan Rovetto, who lost his job for sticking up for Brittany Koper on Facebook, has made up his mind: He said Koper “had nothing to gain and everything to lose.” Others are waiting to see what the courts decide, mindful of what both the Bible and Charles Dickens teach: Most parties tend to lose money, reputation, or both during protracted legal battles.
Pride goes before a fall.
Just think about this for a second folks. Paul and Jan Crouch can resolve this conflict immediately with their granddaughter. What is the solution? Humility and transparency. They know this. Why are they doing this? It comes down to one thing. If it looks like a skunk, smells like a skunk, then it is undoubtedly a skunk!
Paul and Jan Crouch as purported spiritual leaders should be walking in humility in this situation. They should not be covering up rape incidents, filing multitudinous lawsuits, and firing employees that don’t tow the company line on their personal Facebook pages. If they have nothing to hide, then they should be opening their books, working on reconciliation with their family members, and walking with transparency and humility during all of this.
Take it from me, who watched the horrible debacle during the PTL scandal, if you are involved with or supporting Paul and Jan Crouch and their un-Christlike behavior, get out now. If you don’t, then when the house of cards comes tumbling down, don’t cry about how you were wronged. You had plenty of warning. You just weren’t listening and watching.