Several women claim a high-profile evangelical leader exposed himself at the spa

Several women claim prominent evangelical leader Ravi Zacharias sexually harassed them, accusations that come months after his death.

Zacharias, who was one of the most prominent speakers and authors on evangelism until his death from cancer in May, abused women for five years at a Georgian spa he co-owned, say three women. Christianity today. After building trust with the women, who were all employees, Zacharias touched them inappropriately, exposed herself and masturbated in front of them, the women said.

Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, the organization pursuing the work of the religious leader, said it had opened an internal investigation into the allegations.

Zacharias, who regularly visited the spa for physiotherapy treatment, almost always exposed himself and masturbated in her presence because “that was where he went to get what he wanted sexually”, according to one women. She said Zacharias masturbated in front of her more than 50 times, asked her for explicit photos and asked her to have sex twice.

“I was ashamed. I felt embarrassed,” one woman said. “You have this world famous evangelist who is inappropriate, and I didn’t know what to do. He wasn’t just the head of the company He wasn’t just a CEO, he was a Christian leader.

The women said Zacharias often told them he needed to masturbate because of the stress of the ministry, which kept him on an almost constant lecture tour.

“He said he needed it so badly and it was good therapy,” one woman said.

In 2017, Zacharias settled a lawsuit with another woman, Lori Thompson, who claimed Zacharias tricked her into sending “undesirable, offensive, and sexually explicit language and photographs.” Zacharias denied the allegations.

“I learned a difficult and painful lesson through this ordeal,” Zacharias said in a statement at the time. “I failed to exercise caution and failed to shield myself from even the appearance of impropriety, and I am deeply sorry for that. I acknowledged this to my Lord, to my wife , to my children, to our ministry board and to my colleagues.

Barry F. Howard