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Ptl Controversy #108849

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Apr 28, 1987
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Fort Mill, SC: Rebecca Chase) PTL chairperson Jerry Falwell and board reported banishing supporters of ousted PTL leaders Jim and Tammy Bakker in wake of widening sex and financial scandal; details given, scenes shown. [FALWELL - thinks national credibility "for the cause of Christ" is hurting.] PTL president Richard Dortch, middleman in payment of hush money to Jessica Hahn to buy her silence on sexual relationship with Bakker, noted; source within PTL of her payments mentioned. [HAHN - claims she's the victim; wants scandal to end.] Extent of PTL's debt and problems with IRS (Internal Revenue Service) described. [FALWELL - doesn't believe organization is doomed.] Bd.'s decision on the Bakkers outlined. [Tammy Faye BAKKER - claims sadness; says husband will issue statement soon.] [PTL FOLLOWERS - attack media, quote Bible.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) [FALWELL - explains his and board's actions today; declines comment on allegations against Bakker.]

Chase, Rebecca;
Jennings, Peter

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