Jessica Hahn Treated Briefly at Hospital for Pains
WEST BABYLON, N.Y. (AP) _ Jessica Hahn, whose tryst with PTL leader Jim Bakker led to his downfall, has been ordered to stay home and rest after she sought treatment for chest and stomach pains, friends said.
The 27-year-old former church secretary was taken to Omni Medical Group clinic in Lindenhurst on Wednesday evening, said neighbor Barbara Bencivenga.
″She’s been under tremendous pressure, and it’s with the grace of God that she’s held up this long,″ said Ms. Bencivenga. Miss Hahn had to be carried up the stairs to her apartment after she was treated, Ms. Bencivenga said.
Miss Hahn had been scheduled to appear on ABC-TV’s ″Nightline″ program Wednesday night, but her appearance was canceled after she was taken to the clinic.
″I guess all this finally came to a head. She needed complete bed rest,″ Ms. Bencivenga said. ″I think it was complete exhaustion. ... I’ve never seen her so upset as she was today.″
Miss Hahn began vomiting about 7:30 p.m. and was taken to the doctor shortly before 9 p.m., said Ms. Bencivenga, who drove her neighbor to the clinic.
″Jessica got very sick because of what they were saying in the paper, that she was begging for money,″ said Ms. Bencivenga.
″She was crying hysterically, she just said it wasn’t fair they should do this to her.
″What she was trying to say was that money was not the issue and that she wanted peace,″ Ms. Bencivenga said, referring to a news conference Miss Hahn held Tuesday in front of her home.
At the news conference, Miss Hahn said she was angry at those who accused her of releasing information about her sexual liaison with Bakker, who stepped down from the PTL presidency when the 7-year-old encounter became public in March.
About $265,000 in PTL money had been set aside for Miss Hahn, $150,000 of it in a trust fund, to ensure her silence about the encounter with Bakker.
Attorney Norman Roy Grutman, counsel for the PTL board, said the ministry no longer would make the monthly payments because her public talk about Bakker violated the provisions of the payments.