Celebrity preacher Creflo Dollar was arrested this week for assaulting his teenage daughter. Dollar is the founding preacher of his ministry, World Changers Church International.
News outlets reported that the pastor got into a heated argument with his 15 year old daughter about whether or not she could attend a party.
“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.”
The argument took place in the pastor’s home in Atlanta, Georgia. Creflo Dollar’s daughter gave a statement to police that her father choked her, punched her in the face and then proceeded to hit her with his shoe.
The pastor told police that his daughter was being very disrespectful so he spanked her and retrained his child by wrestling her to the ground.
The Atlanta police officers noticed that Dollar’s daughter did have fresh scratches and marks on her neck which they deemed happened from Dollar choking his daughter. Dollar was charged with cruelty towards a child and simple assault.