Evangelical preacher Juanita Bynum was savagely beaten in an Atlanta hotel parking lot late last night by her estranged husband, Bishop Thomas Weeks III. The Juanita Bynum attack was brutally ferocious and left the New York Times Best-Seller author severely battered and bruised.
Prophetess Juanita Bynum-Weeks rose to fame with her fiery and frank sermons about women’s empowerment and making relationships work. According to the Washington Post, Dr. Juanita Bynum and her estranged husband, Thomas W. Weeks III, the founder of Global Destiny churches, met at Renaissance Concourse Hotel near Atlanta’s airport to try to reconcile, police said.
About 4 a.m., they fought in the parking lot until a hotel bellman pulled Weeks off, Officer Ronald Campbell said. “She was bruised up and battered,” Campbell said. “She had purple bruising around her neck and upper torso.”
No charges had been filed by Wednesday night against Weeks, who left the scene according to police.
Here is one of Juanita Bynum wedding pictures:
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Ebony magazine described her wedding this way:
The “million-dollar” wedding of Dr. Juanita Bynum, well-known evangelist and author of the best-selling Matters of the Heart, to Bishop Thomas W. Weeks III featured a wedding party of 80, all friends and family, 1,000 guests, a 12-piece orchestra, and a 7.76-carat diamond ring. The black-tie wedding cost “more than a million,” the bride said, and included flowers flown in from around the world. “My dress,” she says, “took nine months to make. All of the crystals on the gown were hand-sewn. The headpiece was sterling silver, hand-designed.”
Why did she spend so much time and effort on the wedding?
“This,” she said, “was my once-in-a-lifetime wedding, and I did it this way because I plan to stay married.”
Here is the Atlanta Fox News video coverage of “Thomas Weeks Beats Juanita Bynum”:
Second Fox News followup showing Juanita Bynum’s bruises:
Fox News video – Bishop Weeks arraigned and jailed on two felony counts of aggravated assault and communicating terrorist threats:
Here is theJuanita Bynum’s wedding video of her marriage to Bishop Thomas Weeks in 2003:
Here is Juanita Bynum’s sermon “Teach Me How To Love You” where she’s preaching on how to love when your are in a marriage relationship:
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Bishop Weeks Blames Devil
Bishop Thomas Weeks blames the Devil as his reason for his attack on wife Juanita Bynum. Weeks said that although he made a mistake, he will not stop going to church.
Weeks, the founder of Global Destiny ministries, attacked Bynum, a nationally renowned evangelist, last Friday morning in the parking lot of the Renaissance Concourse hotel by Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Airport. They were there to reconcile, but around 4 am, their interactions became physical when Weeks choked Bynum. He then began to kick her while she was on the pavement. It took a bellman at the hotel to pull Weeks off of her. Weeks fled the scene after this. Bynum was then taken to Piedmont Hospital.
Their marital problems were known by a few members in the congregation. According to Tiny Gilyard, a 41-year-old woman who attends Weeks’ Global Destiny ministries, Weeks hinted at the fact that he and Bynum, 48, were having some marital problems during one of his sermons earlier this month.
“He explained that [Bynum] is not going to be preaching anymore. He said she was just going to come and sit down. …It was like he was jealous of her,” Gilyard told the newspaper, adding that Weeks was “really mean.”
Weeks surrendered to the police Friday. He was charged with aggravated assault and terrorist threat charges. Weeks was eventually released on $40,000 bond.”
Juanita Bynum Speaks About The Beating
Juanita Bynum broke here silence about the savage beating she received from Bishop Thomas Weeks. Here is the video clip from her appearance on TBN’s “Praise The Lord” program broadcast on September 4th, two weeks after she was beaten, stomped, and choked in a hotel parking lot.
Interestingly, she chose not to say anything negative about Weeks, placing her faith in the Lord to set matters right between them in whatever way he sees fit. She said, “I came here tonight to declare that I can bear it, I can bear it, I can bear it.”
Our thoughts and prayers go out to her in this time of trial. You can leave messages of support at the official Prophetess Juanita Bynum website.