Creflo Dollar is facing misdemeanor charges after, a police report says, his teenage daugheter told authorities he choked and punched her following an argument.
The report says the megachurch pastor claims he tried to restrain his daughter, wrestled her to the floor and spanked her after she became disrespectful.
The father and daughter argued early Friday (yesterday) over whether she could go to a party.
The 15-year-old told a Fayette County sheriff’s deputy she went into the kitchen and her father came in and asked why she was crying. She says when she said she didn’t want to talk, her father choked her, threw her to the ground and hit her. Her 19-year-old sister corroborated that account.
Dollar faces misdemeanor charges of simple battery and cruelty to children.
The 15-year-old was the one who called authorities, investigator Brent Rowan said.
Dollar bonded out of Fayette County jail Friday morning.
“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.”
Dollar will make no further comments since he’s involved in the ongoing criminal matter, but he is expected to preach Sunday, Bonner said.
The 50-year-old leads the Creflo Dollar Ministries and is the pastor for World Changers Church International in the Atlanta suburb of College Park, which serves nearly 30,000 members, according to the church’s website. World Changers Church-New York hosts over 6,000 worshippers each week, the website says. Four satellite churches are located in Georgia along with others in Los Angeles, Indianapolis, Washington, Cleveland, Dallas and Houston.
He and his wife Taffi, a co-pastor at the church, have five children, according to the website.
Dollar is a native of College Park and says he received a vision for World Changers Ministries Christian Center in 1986. He held the first service, in front of only eight people, in the cafeteria of Kathleen Mitchell Elementary School in College Park, the website says.
His ministry grew quickly, moved into a modest-sized chapel and was renamed World Changers Church International. The church moved into its present location, an 8,500-seat sanctuary called the World Dome, on Dec. 24, 1995.