A civil suit has been filed by three former employees of Daystar Television.
The lawyer for the plaintiffs has made it clear they are not happy about the claims made by Marcus and Joni Lamb this week after the Lambs came forward on their tv show and acknowledged adultery by founder Marcus Lamb. Joni and Marcus Lamb said (and had others say) they were being extorted, on air, on November 30th.
However, Joni further explained that three people who were not involved in nor affected by their marital situation are now saying that unless Daystar pays them $7.5 million, they will take the story the Lamb’s shared on the Tuesday broadcast to the news media. She assured viewers this is not a secret issue they were hiding, but rather a personal matter from which they have been privately healing, at the recommendation of their spiritual counselors.
Yesterday’s post is here.
What a sorry mess. Having a tv show and using it to pre-empt a lawsuit got the Lambs and Daystar accusations of fraud and defamation. On top of discussing ‘extortion’ on their own show, Marcus and Joni Lamb appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America the next day to discuss their marriage. From the court document - .pdf.
Add slander. Add libel. Malice. Add Gross negligence.
The plaintiffs are asking for a trial by jury. I don’t see this as blackmail or extortion. The plaintiff’s lawyer met with Daystar November 18th to discuss the pending filing. Whether you or I agree with a civil suit, our opinion doesn’t negate what will or will not be settled by a court of law or mediation (odd fact – Adultery is against the law in Georgia, the state the television company is registered in).
We can speculate about motive, what isn’t in dispute is the affair. I also find it disturbing that Marcus Lamb chose not to tell his denomination at the time. The prior damage done to families, to donors and to reputations isn’t going away. I wonder how long it will be before the special statement and Celebration November 30th show are taken off line? Charisma Magazine writes that Marcus and Joni Lamb coming forward on November 30th is ‘uplifting.’ No. While Mrs. Lamb, her children and extended family are the ultimate wronged parties here, there is nothing uplifting about the choices Marcus Lamb made and the on-going no public fallout of years of deceit. When you have a world-wide broadcasting platform, when you take donor money you make a willful decision to live in a spot-light.
What a sorry mess.
The full court document below the fold: