‘Put a price on it’: Ex-Trump religious adviser reportedly requested sexual abuse accuser how a lot it’d take to purchase silence | EUROtoday

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Texas pastor Robert Morris, who based Gateway Church and as soon as served as an evangelical adviser to Donald Trump, allegedly tried to purchase the silence of the girl he’s accused of sexually abusing when she was a toddler.

“Put a price on it,” Morris demanded Cindy Clemishire inform him in a September 2005 telephone name, in line with a transcript obtained by NBC News.

Clemishire, now 52, reportedly responded that it was “not a small number”, finally telling Morris it might take $2 million to maintain her silent concerning the alleged abuse she endeared.

Morris ended the telephone name a second later.

The Independent has not seen or reviewed the transcript obtained by NBC News. The reported transcript is simply the most recent within the scandal engulfing Morris, 62.

Robert Morris, a Texas pastor who founded Gateway Church, allegedly asked the woman accusing him of abuse how much it would take to buy her silence
Robert Morris, a Texas pastor who based Gateway Church, allegedly requested the girl accusing him of abuse how a lot it might take to purchase her silence (Alex Brandon/AP)

Earlier this month, Clemishire publicly accused Morris of molesting her and sexually abusing her starting in 1982 when she was 12 years previous. Last week, Morris resigned from Gateway Church’s board of elders after admitting to participating in “inappropriate sexual behavior with a young lady” within the Eighties.

The telephone dialog through which Clemishire asks for cash is in step with emails, additionally obtained by NBC News, the place Clemishire reprimanded Morris for “destroying” her life and requested “restitution” for the “pain and damage” he precipitated her.

“Twenty-three years after you began destroying my life, I am still dealing with the pain and damage you caused,” Clemishire wrote to Morris on September 20, 2005. “I want some type of restitution. Pray about it and call me.”

Two days later, Morris referred to as Clemishire to guarantee her he had left the ministry – which he would return to have two years – and sought counseling after Clemishire’s father and different church leaders confronted him.

But Clemishire believed Morris ought to have been dealt a harsher punishment for what he did, saying it was “not fair” that he had little repercussions.

“I just know I want to see you pay something,” she informed him over the telephone, in line with the transcript.

Cindy Clemishire gives an interview detailing the years of sexual abuse she says she suffered as a child at the hands of Morris
Cindy Clemishire offers an interview detailing the years of sexual abuse she says she suffered as a toddler by the hands of Morris (screengrab/WFAA)

The Texas pastor informed Clemishire it might be improper for him to pay her in change for her silence. He reiterated that time in a follow-up e mail weeks later when he warned Clemishire she might be prosecuted if he paid her.

Clemishire informed the information outlet she by no means obtained the $2 million.

The transcript was reportedly supplied to NBC News by an unidentified former Gateway IT division member. The worker stated he found the transcript doc on Morris’ pc greater than 10 years in the past whereas transferring recordsdata to a brand new laptop computer.

That doc remained on a shared server since its creation in October 2007 – two years after the telephone name.

The Independent has reached out to Morris for remark.

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