CNN Ravi Zacharias, the prominent head of a global Christian organization who died in May, engaged in sexual misconduct that included "sexting, unwanted touching, spiritual abuse, and rape," according to a statement from the ministry he founded summarizing the results of an investigative report. Ravi Zacharias in Allegations came from four female massage therapists who said Zacharias "would either touch his genitals or ask them to touch his genitals. The law firm said it employed a private investigations firm that included former federal law enforcement officers. More than 50 people were interviewed, including more than a dozen massage therapists, according to the report. A digital forensics firm examined four cell phones and a laptop used by Zacharias.
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Law firm details sexual misconduct by global ministry leader Ravi Zacharias
Ravi Zacharias, who died in May after a high-profile career leading a global Christian ministry, engaged in sexual misconduct with massage therapists and carried on many amorous extramarital relationships via text message and email, according to a scathing, in-depth report from a law firm hired by the ministry. Five of the therapists said Zacharias touched them inappropriately, and one said she was raped, according to the report. It said investigators searching Zacharias' mobile devices found more than photographs of younger women, including nude images of a salon employee in Malaysia. Zacharias, who died of cancer at the age of 74, was a widely popular author and speaker, with many celebrities and prominent Christian leaders among his admirers. Based in suburban Atlanta, RZIM has operations in about 20 countries and a roster of scores of traveling speakers. In recent months, the organization has been plunged into crisis, precipitated by a Sept. The article asserted that over a period of about five years, Zacharias sexually harassed three women who worked as massage therapists at two day spas he co-owned in an Atlanta suburb.
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After initially denying accounts of his misconduct, Ravi Zacharias International Ministries announced that an investigation had found credible evidence of sexual misconduct spanning many years and multiple continents. When Mr. Zacharias died of cancer in May at age 74, he was one of the most revered evangelists in the United States. Though the report adds shocking new details, accounts of Mr. In , he settled a lawsuit with a Canadian couple whom he had accused of attempting to extort him over intimate text messages he had exchanged with the wife.
Until December of last year, for many Christians, the name Ravi Zacharias was synonymous with 'apologetics', the defence of Christian beliefs and teachings. However, the image of Zacharias, who died in May last year, took a beating in December after a law firm found evidence of sexual misconduct by him. The law firm had been commissioned by Ravi Zacharias International Ministries RZIM , an organisation founded by him in , to probe the allegations against him. The law firm submitted its final report in February, which uncovered damning evidence of sexual abuse by Ravi Zacharias including misbehaviour with massage therapists, requests for nude pictures from women and even an allegation of rape.