Hillsong staffers used the church like a seedy dating service, “sleeping around” with volunteers and asking them to send nude pictures — according to a group of volunteers who allegedly complained about the situation.
The whistleblowers also claimed the organization — which has been rocked by recent revelations that its former leader, Carl Lentz, had multiple tawdry affairs — was “a breeding ground for unchecked abuse.”
Page Six is told that in 2018, a group of former “high-level” volunteers — and one who was still a volunteer at the time — sent a letter to the trendy ministry’s leaders warning of “verified, widely circulated stories of inappropriate sexual behavior amongst staff/interns.”
We’re told that one person employed by the church was asked to step down after it was revealed that, as the letter put it, he had “multiple inappropriate sexual relationships with several female leaders and volunteers and was verbally, emotionally, and according to one woman, physically abusive in his relationships with these women.”
The group claimed that another church member even caught the same employee “having sex” with a church leader.
Meanwhile, the letter accused another male staffer of “not respecting physical and sexual boundaries within dating relationships with female church volunteers,” including having “sex with a 19-20-year-old female team member.”
The group claimed in the letter that there are only “vague or absent sexual harassment/sexual assault” policies at the church, and that the organization fosters a “culture of silence and fear.”
The group added, “This environment is dangerous and a breeding ground for unchecked abuse.”
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Source: Page Six
Hillsong church was a ‘breeding ground’ for inappropriate sex and leaders ‘sent nudes to female volunteers while sleeping around’, claim whistleblowers after disgraced leader’s multiple affairs were exposed
Staff at the celebrity mega-church Hillsong used the organization as a dating service, had inappropriate relations with volunteers and asked them to send nude photos of themselves, whistleblowers have claimed.
The volunteers said the church, which has recently been rocked by the revelations that former leader Carl Lentz cheated on his wife of 17 years, was a ‘breeding ground for unchecked abuse’.
The scale led a group of high-level volunteers to send a letter to leaders in 2018, warning of the stories circulating about ‘inappropriate’ sexual behavior, according to Page Six.
The letter was sent to at least seven members of the top leaders of the US branch of the Australian church, which boasts Justin Bieber, Chris Pratt, Selena Gomez and Kourtney Kardashian among its members.
One person employed by Hillsong was asked to step down after he had ‘multiple inappropriate sexual relationships with several female leaders and volunteers and was verbally, emotionally, and according to one woman, physically abusive in his relationships with these women’, the letter claimed.
The same employee was also caught having sex with a church leader, the group claimed.
The volunteer letter also accused another male staffer of having sex with a female team member aged 19 to 20,
It stated he did ‘not respect physical and sexual boundaries within dating relationships with female church volunteers’.
There was a culture of fear and an absence of sexual harassment and assault policy at the mega-church, the group said in the letter.