Dallas, TX — Televangelist Juanita Bynum spent the night in the Lew Sterrett Justice Center after being arrested on a warrant for failure to appear in a civil proceeding against her, public records show.
Bynum was booked at the jail around 10:30 pm Thursday and was released after appearing in court to answer questions about the case the next day. Part of the questioning included details about a 2007 judgment in which Bynum was ordered to pay $140,000 to her promoter Al Wash’s company.
Wash’s attorney said Bynum has yet to pay, but he and his client were hopeful that the matter would finally be resolved. Wash sued Bynum for failing to perform in a play for which he had paid her.
Entertainment attorney David Small said, “She has disclosed the whereabouts of her assets and her business dealings.”
The 54-year-old author and gospel singer previously made headlines in 2007 when her then-husband, Thomas Wesley Weeks III, pleaded guilty to assaulting her in a hotel parking lot on August 21, where the two had met to discuss their marriage and try to reconcile. Weeks kicked, choked, and stomped on the No More Sheets author and initially claimed that he acted in self-defense after Bynum attacked him. He later pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated assault and was sentenced to three years of probation, 200 hours of non-church related community service, and was also ordered to undergo anger and violence counseling.
Weeks was able to avoid jail time after his grandfather pleaded with Bynum. She said she was “overwhelmed” by the plea, and then said, “I don’t believe my husband is a criminal.” The couple, who were married in a million-dollar, televised ceremony in 2002, divorced on June 21, 2008.
The “prophetess” was previously a victim of domestic violence in the early 1980s, but said, “[I] made a vow that I would not talk about that situation because it was over 20 years ago.”