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  • The director of a San Diego evangelical megachurch-affiliated rehab program is being sued by six women who claim they were sexually harassed during counseling. David Powers, 54, who ran the Rock Church-associated scheme, allegedly fondled, groped and hit vulnerable recovering addicts who were supposed to be under his care. He's also accused of making lewd sexual advances and of lying atop at least one of the women as she slept. Six women have now filed a lawsuit against The Rock Church, Powers, Powers' company ABC Sober Living and his wife Tina Powers.
  • Paul Crouch is the founder and president of the Trinity Broadcasting Network, or TBN, the world's largest evangelical Christian television network, as well as the former host of TBN's flagship variety show, Praise the Lord. In September 2004, the Los Angeles Times published a series of articles raising questions about the fundraising practices and financial transparency of TBN, as well as the allegations of a former ministry employee, Enoch Lonnie Ford, that he had a homosexual affair with Crouch during the 1990s. TBN denied the allegations, claiming that Ford's claims were part of an extortion scheme and that the Times was a "left-wing and anti-Christian newspaper." In 2005, Ford appeared at the taping of the ION Television show Lie Detector.