NY Bishop who had $1 million in stolen jewelry sues radio station for $50 million

  • The New York pastor who was robbed at gunpoint mounts a legal battle against a local radio host.
  • Bishop Lamor Whitehead claimed radio host Tarsha Jones lied about him after the incident.
  • Jones said Whitehead was “using the church to hide that old drug money,” according to the lawsuit.

The bishop of New York who was robbed at gunpoint during a service that aired live in July, then scrutinized his apparent wealth, is now taking legal action against a local radio station that he says aired charged statements about him.

Bishop Lamor Whitehead was uploaded to his Instagram account in July, in a viral video showing armed assailants disrupting service and stealing around $1 million worth of jewelry. Whitehead has now sued Tarsha Jones, the morning host of 94.7 The Block, in New York County Supreme Court, alleging she spread lies about him after the robbery.

“On or about 9/13/2022, Miss Jones, on her morning radio show on 94.7 The Block, said Bishop Whitehead: is a ‘drug dealer’, ‘using the church to hide this old drug money”; ‘assaulted the young woman’ and ‘[his] the church is where he’s probably still doing his dirty work'” declares the lawsuit.

Whitehead’s attorney called the allegations false and said they “damaged the plaintiff’s reputation as a pastor” and involved criminal activity, affecting his congregation. His lawsuit seeks $50 million in libel damages from Jones and Paramount. Although Paramount was listed as a defendant, The Block is now owned by audio company Audacy.

Jones and The Block did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment. Paramount also did not immediately return a comment.

Whitehead has 1.5 million followers on Instagram, where he regularly goes live, and has already fended off criticism of his opulence and previous legal battles.

One of Whitehead’s parishioners, Pauline Anderson, sued Whitehead in September 2021, alleging she gave him $90,000 to help him buy a house after he told him she had bad credit. According to court documents, she sued him and alleged that he kept the money and lined his pockets for his political campaign.

“And FYI, everything I’ve been given is a Don unless it’s tied to a contract! I was making investments that’s what I do!” Whitehead messaged Anderson, according to an in-suit exhibit.

In the trial of the parishioner, first reported by The City, Anderson’s lawyers alleged that Whitehead first met Anderson after helping his son Rasheed find housing after extensive surgery. Whitehead had served five years in state prison for defrauding others and robbery, according to The City.

Update: This story has been updated to reflect that 94.7 The Block is owned by Audacy.

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