Gospel artist James Hall said he was just showing Christian love when he helped Pentecostal Bishop Jeffrey Thomas through a recent illness. However, somehow, the Bishop got the wrong idea.
I Didn’t Mean To Turn You On:
According to NY Daily News, the men of God, Gospel artist, James Hall, and Pentecostal Bishop Jeffrey Thomas met in 2015 at a church related event. With similar passions, the men connected and developed a friendship. However, according to court documents, Hall alleges that Thomas wanted something more than a friendship. So smitten was Thomas with Hall that after several more meetings, he allegedly gave up his ministry in North Carolina and moved to New York. However, Hall claims that he was only trying to be a good christian and befriend Thomas as he allegedly went through a illness.
Rejecting Thomas’ advances, Hall claims that Thomas was so enraged by his rejection that he sought revenge. According to the lawsuit filed in Manhattan Supreme Court, after Hall had rejected him multiple times, Thomas took to social media to hint that Hall was involved in a sexual relationship with the pastor of their Cypress Hills church, Kevin Bond. Hall claims that he didn’t stop there and he contacted church members and church leaders about their alleged love affair.
It’s hard to understand what went wrong with their friendship as several photos were posted of Hall and Thomas having a good time prior to the lawsuit. After all, Hall stayed with Thomas for a while and helped him recover from an illness in North Carolina. After his move to New York, Thomas stayed with Hall until he found a place of his own. What went wrong in their friendship?
Pentecostal Bishop Jeffrey Thomas and James Hall spent a lot of time together.Before filing the suit, Hall had previously took to social media to address a photograph of him and a shirtless Thomas that he says was misconstrued by the church community. The photo sparked rumors that the two men were in a relationship. Initially, Hall chose not to speak on the photo but after the rumors increased, he finally broke his silence.
See The Photo and Hall’s Response Below:
After it created a firestorm Bishop Thomas removed the picture not as an admission of guilt,but, to silence the accusations that he and Hall were lovers. Somehow things changed and the men are no longer friends. Hall, who has recorded several gospel albums, said Thomas was trying to “destroy me and my career.” He said more in the following lawsuit:
There is not justification for this conduct, Hall said in the lawsuit. There is no justification for this conduct. Mr. Thomas has never expressed any purpose to his actions other than some imagined relationship he believes he has with me, and is nothing more than a disgruntled fan.
Hall’s suit seeks an injunction against Thomas as well as $15 million in damages.