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Brooklyn Bishop Lamor Whitehead addresses lawsuit filed by former parishioner, defends lifestyle

NEW YORK — The Brooklyn bishop who was robbed at gunpoint throughout a service final Sunday says there’s been an excessive amount of give attention to his lifestyle and never sufficient on the crime that occurred inside his church.

As CBS2’s Andrea Grymes studies, this comes amid information of a lawsuit in opposition to him.

Bishop Lamor Whitehead fiercely defended himself at a press convention Friday, talking simply steps away from his Canarsie church that grew to become a criminal offense scene final weekend.

“And he must’ve knew something about a robbery. Are you kidding me? Let my church, give us some sympathy,” he mentioned.

Police say three armed suspects, caught on video, robbed the bishop and his spouse of $1 million value of knickknack.

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Whitehead says as a substitute of specializing in the terrifying crime and seek for suspects, he believes the media has wrongly targeted on his felony historical past and what some describe as his lavish lifestyle.

“Why is Fendi, Louis and Gucci, why can’t we wear that in the church?” he mentioned. “I’m not on a salary with my church. It’s about having multiple streams of income. That’s it.”

Whitehead says he was beforehand convicted wrongfully of grand larceny and scheme to defraud.

He additionally addressed a lawsuit filed in opposition to him final September by a church member. The swimsuit alleges Whitehead promised “in exchange for $90,000, he would assist plaintiff in purchasing and renovating a house.”

Instead, courtroom paperwork allege Whitehead took the money and used it to assist purchase a $4.4 million residence for himself in Saddle River, New Jersey.

“I can’t get into the legality of this fictitious, um, claim against me,” he mentioned.

An lawyer for the plaintiff in that lawsuit had no remark.

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Whitehead has additionally talked about his relationship with Mayor Eric Adams, describing him as a mentor and buddy. 

“Lamor and any other individual that I support, I continue to try to mentor. As a Black man, I have an obligation to mentor other Black men that had negative encounters in their lives and other people in general,” Adams mentioned Friday.

Meanwhile, Whitehead is looking on the three suspects within the theft to show themselves in.

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