Flashy Brooklyn Bishop Lamor Whitehead – who was famously robbed of greater than $1 million in jewellery – was cuffed by cops after which launched Sunday after a scuffle with a lady throughout a live-streamed service.
Whitehead was preaching on the stage of the Leaders of Tomorrow International Ministries on Remsen Avenue close to Avenue D in Canarsie simply earlier than 11:30 a.m. Sunday when two girls interrupted the service, he later said in a Facebook livestream.
Video from the service exhibits the clergyman sporting a blue-and-white patterned swimsuit as he stood on stage repeatedly booming, “Let’s give Jesus a spherical of applause!” – earlier than including, “whereas they take footage and so they need to be with social media!”
He was apparently referring to 2 girls within the viewers — together with one who out of the blue entered the body and walked proper in entrance of him, seeming to level her finger in a distinct route.
Police say the lady — who they recognized as 47-year-old Tarsha Howard – had been recording the service and approached Whitehead “in an antagonizing method.”
Whitehead shortly grabbed the lady and pushed her out of the body, the video exhibits.
“Go over right here,” he will be heard saying off-camera. “Grab her out, seize her out.
“Amen!” he declared. “You’re not going to return in my area! I really feel threatened.”
Both Whitehead and Howard have been initially taken into custody and delivered to the 69th Precinct.
While Howard was charged with trespass and disrupting a non secular service, Whitehead – who police say “restrained” the arrested girl – was let go, cops mentioned.
The second girl who allegedly interrupted the service stays at massive, the clergyman mentioned.
Whitehead, who served time in prison for id theft and grand larceny, was beforehand robbed throughout a live-streamed service in July — with the crooks making off with greater than an estimated $1 million in jewellery within the caught-on-camera caper.
The luxury-loving clergyman — who rides round in automobiles comparable to a Rolls Royce — has fought back towards critics who blame his lavish life-style for attracting criminals.
The pastor – who wore two blinged-out watches and one ring with a big stone throughout Sunday’s service – mentioned he was merely defending his household by preventing again.
“I’m going to guard my household,” he mentioned within the Facebook livestream hours after the incident. “No one goes to return at my household, and nobody goes to harm my household ever once more.
“The media has painted an image of me being a villain, which I’m not,” Whitehead mentioned.
He referred to the incident as a “design and assault of the enemy,” including that “they’re not going to make my church uncomfortable to worship.”
He claimed that the 2 girls have been “despatched by some bloggers” who he declined to call “as a result of they’re nobodies.”
Whitehead recently filed twin $20 million lawsuits towards a YouTuber named Jives, who has greater than 80,000 subscribers, and one other on-line character, Larry Reid.
Both males publicly claimed Whitehead was a scammer, amongst different issues, main the plaintiff to lose “enterprise offers, church members, and revenue,’’ the fits say.
Jives — whose full title is Demario Q. Jives — claimed on his YouTube channel final month that Whitehead “is sporting the identical jewellery that [he] received robbed in” again in July, in line with court docket papers filed in Kings County court docket on Friday.
Jives additionally allegedly accused Whitehead of “drug dealing” and collaborating with “the Bloods and Crypts.”
Whitehead has denied the claims and known as the boys’s allegations “all false,” defamatory and slanderous, in line with his lawsuits
After his launch Sunday, the pastor mentioned the NYPD “failed me” for arresting him within the first place.
“They would have by no means [done] it to a rabbi. They would have by no means [done] it to a priest,” Whitehead mentioned. “But due to the colour of my pores and skin, they arrested me. Not solely did they arrest me, however once they put me right into a police automotive, they injured my wrist.
“However, once they received me to the precinct, they put me in a cell, after which after [that], I used to be informed the higher-ups — as soon as they came upon who was there – [they] got here in and began to do a little analysis. … And the entire expenses have been dropped on me. But you don’t get to arrest me for no cause.”
Whitehead is ready to carry a press convention in regards to the incident outdoors the 69th Precinct at midday Monday.