Brooklyn Pastor Bishop Lamor Whitehead, who was recently robbed of $1 million in jewelry during his live-streamed church service, denied staging the heist.
Whitehead did a re-enactment of the robbery, which took place on July 24, during his first Sunday service since the incident on July 31. During the sermon, he alluded to the critics’ skepticism about the heist, saying,
“‘He must’ve [known] something about a robbery.’ Are you kidding me? Let my church–give us some sympathy. If I keep answering what critics are saying so they can sell media, then I’m going to stunt the growth of my ministry.”
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Video footage of the incident revealed the Brooklyn pastor laid down on the ground during his live-streamed service as alleged armed men took him and his wife’s jewelry. The incident reportedly went down at Leaders of Tomorrow International Churches in Canarsie, Brooklyn.
Following the media frenzy surrounding the robbery, Whitehead made headlines again after it was reported that a congregant at his church sued him for allegedly swindling her out of $90,000. Congregant Pauline Anderson reportedly gave him the money in exchange for a home as per her son’s suggestion and claimed she had done so after liquidating her life savings. Not only did Anderson allege that Whitehead didn’t build the home he promised her, but she also accused him of purchasing a multi-million dollar home of his own in New Jersey. However, the Brooklyn pastor’s lawyer, Brendan Kombol, said the claims were false.
During his recent service, Whitehead touched on the public’s perception of him, as he’s known for wearing lots of designer clothing, driving fancy cars, and wearing expensive jewelry.
“Fendi, Louis, and Gucci, why can’t we wear that in church? What’s wrong with that?” he asked while donning a logo Gucci suit.
Whitehead has reportedly been linked to NYC Mayor Eric Adams and was also seen chopping it up with legendary Queens rapper Ja Rule on a golf course recently.
Ja Rule & Bishop Whitehead link up on the golf course pic.twitter.com/Quo0gf6HNO
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