Jessica Hahn Concurs With Report of Threat To PTL President
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) _ A former PTL president has claimed that Jessica Hahn’s minister threatened him with violence on her behalf, and Miss Hahn says that’s ″not that far from the truth,″ according to broadcast and newspaper reports.
Former PTL President Richard Dortch said in a television interview Friday that the Rev. Gene Profeta, Miss Hahn’s minister, called him in late 1984 to threaten him and evangelist Jim Bakker. He said the threats frightened him and led him to arrange a $265,000 payment to Miss Hahn in early 1985.
Miss Hahn was Profeta’s secretary at the time.
The alleged threats came during stalled negotiations with Miss Hahn over how much money she should receive to keep silent about a 1980 sexual encounter with Bakker, Dortch told Charlotte television station WBTV.
Profeta, pastor at the Full Gospel Tabernacle Church in Massapequa, N.Y., on Friday denied the charges and declined to discuss the allegations.
However, Miss Hahn, in an interview published in Sunday’s editions of the Charlotte Observer, came close to concurring with Dortch’s account.
″Dortch had many conversations with many people ... and what I’m saying is it wasn’t all pleasant,″ she was quoted as saying by telephone Saturday from the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles.
″There was pressure there. I can’t even say on who. I can only say that (Dortch) was not that far from the truth,″ Miss Hahn said. ″I’m not saying he (Dortch) is an angel. I think he just needs to set the record straight.″
Dortch also told WBTV that Profeta warned him he would ″come to Charlotte, North Carolina, ... and take a piece of Jim Bakker and a piece of me...″ unless money was paid to Miss Hahn.
Miss Hahn has claimed she was sexually assaulted by Bakker in a hotel room in Clearwater, Fla., in 1980. Bakker has denied raping Miss Hahn, but acknowledged he had sexual relations with her and that money was paid to silence her. He resigned as head of the television ministry in March, when the encounter became publicly known.