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Bishop Whitehead Promises A Plague Of Lawsuits For Defamation

Patch 11/14/2022 Peter Senzamici
Bishop Lamor Whitehead at a sermon a week after his live-streamed robbery in his Brooklyn church. © Peter Senzamici/File Photo Bishop Lamor Whitehead at a sermon a week after his live-streamed robbery in his Brooklyn church.

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK — Bishop Lamor Whitehead has sued a New York disk jockey for $50 million after she called him a "drug dealer," according to the suit.

For Whitehead, this is just the start in his path to redeem his reputation after his high-profile robbery that led to many people speculating that he had faked the live-streamed theft.

"It's more lawsuits to come," prophesied the flashy Brooklyn bishop.

"It's my right to sue them and that's what I'm doing."

Whitehead, in an interview with Patch, said that a lot of people have tried to capitalize on his name every since he became "the hottest story of 2022," with many on social media formulating expansive theories about his brazen, live-streamed robbery from last summer.

"I became clickbait," Whitehead, 44, told Patch, "and everybody wants to capitalize off my name and the situation. So anything with Bishop Whitehead, people was glued to it."

Many social media accounts floated theories that Whitehead had staged the robbery in some sort of fraudulent scheme, with some pointing to a past arrest for identity theft as evidence.

"A lot of these YouTubers, these bloggers, these vloggers, all these people that have been defaming my name," he said.

Whitehead told Patch that the accusations have hit him, and his family, hard.

"It's still a struggle," he said, "because we lost a lot, you know, all of his defamation — I lost a lot of investments."

"The defamation has just destroyed my business and destroyed my church," he told Patch.

"Now I'm just in the restoring period, because now the truth is coming out. And that's why everybody's quiet," Whitehead said. "And it's more lawsuits to come."

Whitehead's latest $50 million suit against radio "shock-jock" 94.7 The Block’s morning host Miss Jones, whose full name is Tarsha Nicole Jones, claims that she called Whitehead a "drug dealer" on the airwaves last September, and that he was "using the church to hide that old drug money."

Audacy, the company that owns the station but was not named in the suit, did not reply to a request for comment but previously told the Daily News that they were aware of the legal action.

An earlier $20 million lawsuit last September filed against Atlanta-based social media influencer Larry Reid claims that Reid called Whitehead a scammer, and that Reid predicted that Whitehead would be "locked up in three months."

Whitehead also sued a YouTuber who claimed that Whitehead is gang affiliated.

In the meantime, police have arrested two suspects and are looking for the third. None of the men have shown to have any connection to the bishop thus far.

Whitehead said he would tell others in his position to not turn the other cheek, but to "fight for their name."

"When people think about bishop Whitehead they're gonna understood understand that he did not back down," Whitehead said, "he fought."

The bishop also brought up how racism may have fueled these theories about him, comparing his accusations to antisemitism and other forms of religious bigotry.

"It's wrong to call a black Christian pastor a drug dealer," he said to Patch.

Whitehead added that he never wanted to have his name in the paper or any of the attention he's received since his robbery, or since he got himself involved with turning in a suspected subway shooter last spring.

"All of these people talking about cloud chasing and all that — I don't I don't pay attention to none of that. I'm who I am," he said.

"People that say they just want I want my name in the paper. Why? Why would I want my name in the paper?"

"Everybody's gonna have their opinion," he said, "you can't stop that."

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