Fox 5 is reporting that Bishop Thomas Weeks was in huge financial deficits prior to the alleged attack of his wife, gospel singer Juanita Bynum. FOX 5 News uncovered court documents that show Weeks led a ministry in D.C. called, Center of Hope Community Development Corporation. Court records reveal a $63,000 judgment against Weeks from copier giant, Xerox Corporation, a $22,000 judgment against Weeks from jewelry store Tiffany and Company, a $13,000 judgment from a credit card company and a $6,000 judgment from Ford Motor Credit. Combined, Weeks owes more than $100,000 in judgments. Three of the creditors say he has yet to pay the debt. Family members have confirmed to FOX 5 that Weeks and Bynum began leasing a $2.5 million home with six bedrooms in the St. Marlo golf community in Forsyth County in early 2006. Earlier this summer, a court gave the order to serve an eviction notice. Dispossessory documents dated for June 26, 2007 indicate Weeks owed $54,000 in past due rent at the luxury home, the station reported. According to the eviction notice issued at the magistrate court in Forsyth County, when deputies went to Weeks' home to serve the eviction notice, Weeks and all of his furniture were gone. A source familiar with the housing arrangement told FOX 5 News that after Weeks defaulted on the first contract, he made a payment toward the debt and entered into a new contract agreement to buy the high-end home by April of 2008. Weeks is facing assault charges for allegedly beating his estranged wife in the parking lot of the Renaissance Hotel, located near the Atlanta airport.
R&B/Soul Gospel Singer Juanita Bynum was reportedly beaten by her husband Bishop Thomas W. Weeks III in a parking lot. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Bishop Weeks drew cheers and applause as he was introduced during service Sunday at Global Destiny Ministries, the Atlanta church he founded. Addressing the congregation just two days after turning himself in to authorities on the charges, Weeks said the devil was behind his current situation. He also expressed appreciation for the prayers and support he and his wife have received. "We've got certain things going on right now, but I refuse to stop coming to the house God built," he said during his brief appearance before introducing a guest minister and leaving the room. According to Atlanta Police, Weeks choked Bynum, pushed her to the ground and started to kick and stomp on her during an argument on Aug. 21 outside a hotel. A hotel employee stepped in and pulled Weeks off her, police said. Currently free on bond, Weeks was charged with aggravated assault and terroristic threats following the confrontation, which police say left his estranged wife badly bruised. He is due in Fulton County Superior Court on Sept. 7. Members of Week’s congregation at Global Destiny Ministries have decided to wait for all the facts before passing judgment or taking sides in the matter. "There are three sides to every story," said frequent visitor Shannon Mayers, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "Nobody has the right to judge anybody. God is in the midst of that and will work it out."
Singer Juanita Bynum, who is reportedly in a fight to keep a house that she do not live in, is not going to lose the house, reports her publicist, Amy Malone. The house is pending a repayment of $39,000 in back taxes, interest and other fees. The mansion, owned by her company Juanita Bynum Ministries, was "purchased for a future business development, as well as headquarters for Juanita Bynum Ministries," Amy Malone, clarified. Malone also says the property will not end up on the auction block Nov. 6 as previously reported. "Arrangements are being made to satisfy any outstanding debts, and the property will not be sold," says Malone.
First the domestic violence and now her home! According to the Associated Press, the televangelist, who was allegedly beaten and stomped by her husband in a hotel parking lot, is about to lose her home in Ware County, Ga. Bynum's house, owned by her company Juanita Bynum Ministries Incorporated, will be auctioned off next month unless she can pay nearly $39,000 in back taxes, interests and penalties, reports AP. Ware County Tax Commissioner Steve Barnard told The Florida Times-Union that the home has already been advertised among the houses up for sale at the county courthouse on Nov. 6th. Barnard says the property tax bill on the house is $32,007.56 and Bynum must also pay more than $6,944 in interest, penalties and costs. Barnard said someone from Bynum's Waycross office called and asked how to resolve the matter. The caller agreed to pay $25,000 on the tax bill and the remainder before the tax sale, "but so far we've gotten only $5,000," he said. According to tax records, the 6,748-square-foot house sits on more than 23 acres. Because Bynum does not live there, the house does not qualify for homestead exemption. Her Waycross-based ministry bought the house August 18th, 2006. Meanwhile, Bynum has filed for divorce from her husband, Bishop Thomas W. Weeks, who is accused of beating her in the parking lot of an Atlanta hotel. Weeks has pleaded not guilty to charges of aggravated assault and making terroristic threats. He's currently free on $40,000 bond and is not allowed to have contact with Bynum.