Creflo Dollar, pastor of College Park megachurch World Changers Church International, was arrested Friday at 2 a.m. at his home on charges of simple battery. He was booked and released on $5,000 bail. Pastor Dollar made the following brief statement: “Disciplining my kid. Love ‘em.”
Creflo Dollar Statement After Arrest: “As a father I love my children and I always have their best interest at heart at all times, and I would never use my hand to ever cause bodily harm to my children,” Dollar said in a statement released by his lawyer Nikki Bonner. “The facts in this case will be handled privately to further protect my children. My family thanks you for your prayers and continued support.”
According to the police report from the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office, Dollar’s daughter called police around 2 am. to say that her father attacked her after they argued about whether the daughter could attend a party.
The report says Dollar choked his daughter, then threw her to the ground, punched her and hit her with his shoe. The responding officer noticed a scratch on the daughter’s neck near her throat; the daughter said her father gave her the scratch during the fight.
When police interviewed Dollar, he said he tried to restrain his daughter when she “became very disrespectful” after he told her she couldn’t go to the party, according to the report. Dollar admitted to spanking his daughter and wrestling her to the floor, but said it was because she hit him.
Sigh. *shaking head* Those teenage years can be tough. Prayers going up for all involved.