Christians suing each other

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A former executive of the Christian TV network Daystar claims in a lawsuit that she was pressured to participate in a cover-up of an extra-marital affair by the Rev. Marcus Lamb that left her suicidal and involuntarily committed to a mental institution.

The woman’s attorney called Lamb’s allegation that he was being blackmailed “preposterous.”

The lawsuit, filed in Dallas County District Court on Wednesday, is the latest twist in a saga that began Tuesday, when Lamb and his wife made the affair public in a live broadcast of their television show “Celebration.” They also claimed that three people threatened to tell reporters about the affair unless Daystar paid them $7.5 million.

Daystar in turn filed a countersuit against Jeanette Hawkins, the former employee who sued the network in Dallas County District Court on Wednesday. The Daystar suit also names two other former employees who are being represented by the same attorney as Hawkins. The latest suit alleges a conspiracy to commit extortion.

In case anyone is wondering: Here’s what the Bible says about lawsuits

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This post was last updated: Dec. 6, 2010