Thomas Weeks breaks his silence since allegedly beating televangelist wife Juanita Bynum

A day after popular televangelist Juanita Bynum said she forgives her minister husband for beating her, he returned the favor and asked for prayers that “God’s will be done.”

Bishop Thomas Weeks III broke his silence Wednesday for the first time since the alleged Aug. 21 domestic violence incident by issuing a written statement through his lawyers.

In it, the pastor and co-founder of Global Destiny Ministries cautioned against a rush to judgment and said he would share his version of what happened that night at the appropriate time.

Weeks is accused of beating, stomping, choking and threatening to kill Bynum in a local hotel parking lot. He was recently indicted on felony and misdemeanor charges stemming from the alleged attack that could send him to prison for up to 27 years, if convicted.

Free on $40,000 bond, he had refrained from commenting before now on the advice of his legal counsel and because he considered what happened between him and his wife a private matter.

Weeks, 40, offered apologies to all Christians, his church family and others “having to endure this ordeal.”

“Because of the method in which this was handled just hours following the situation, it has not only hurt me, but has damaged the reputation of Christians around the world,” he said. “It is for this reason that I continue to trust in God while the storm would try to engulf me. Finally, I’m asking every Christian to pray that God’s will be done.”

Bynum, 48, broke her silence on Tuesday, saying during an appearance on Trinity Broadcasting Network‘s “Praise The Lord” program that she harbors no bitterness toward her husband. She also vowed not to say anything negative about him.

The fiery prophetess, author, and gospel singer — who has survived a divorce, nervous breakdown, and living on welfare — has taken up the battle against domestic violence as part of her ministry.

Bynum said she broke her silence because she doesn’t want to be considered a “damsel in distress” and is interested is getting on with her ministry and other commitments, including hosting an international talk show to air on TBN.

Jana Harris, one of Week’s lawyers, described her client as distraught over what’s happened.

His statement, Harris said, is acceptance and return of Bynum’s forgiveness, good will and wishes for the best.

“I think they are just trying to say they forgive each other,” Harris added. “They just want to try the facts in the right arena. There are two sides to every story.”

Weeks’ appearance in Fulton County Superior Court originally set for Friday has been postponed indefinitely. The case has been reassigned to a different judge.

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Sep. 5, 2007
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