Creflo Dollar was arrested and accused of attacking his teenage daughter during a dispute.
By: A.J. Niles
Creflo Dollar, founder and pastor of World Changers Church International, was arrested early Friday morning for assaulting his 15-year old daughter.
Dollar, 50, was arrested at his home and charged with simple battery and cruelty to children.
According to 11 Alive in Atlanta, Georgia,
The police report from the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office, Dollar’s daughter called police 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.
Dollar was held in in the Fayette County Jail, had his bond hearing and was soon released.
Dollar has not issued a statement regarding the incident and was unavailable to answer any news agency’s questions.
World Changers Church is located in College Park. The church has nearly 30,000 members and includes satellite campuses in 10 cities. Dollar’s weekly services are broadcast across the country. Dollar is also the publisher of Change Magazine, which has about a monthly circulation amount of 100,000.
The pastor has been held in negative regard by critics due to his lavish lifestyle in contrast to the socio-economic status of his congregation. Critics feel he is merely using the church as a way to become wealthy and is not doing anything substantial in the community.
He was also subpoenaed for the divorce proceeding of Boxer Evander Hollyfield and his second wife, Janice Itson, after Itson alleged that Holyfield had donated $7 million to Dollar’s ministry before Evander filed the divorce papers.