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Miss Hahn Treated Briefly At Hospital for Pains

April 30, 1987

WEST BABYLON, N.Y. (AP) _ Jessica Hahn, whose sexual tryst with evangelist Jim Bakker touched off a religious controversy, was treated by a doctor Wednesday for pains in her chest and stomach, a friend said.

The 27-year-old former church secretary was taken to Omni Medical Group clinic in Lindenhurst then was sent home and told to rest, said the friend, who asked not to be identified.

Miss Hahn began vomiting about 7:30 p.m. and was taken to the doctor shortly before 9 p.m., said another friend, Barbara Bencivenga, who drove her to the medical center.

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.

″Jessica got very sick because of what they were saying in the paper, that she was begging for money,″ said Ms. Bencivenga, who lives in the bottom half of the two-story house where Miss Hahn occupies the top floor.

″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 tryst with Bakker, who stepped down from the PTL presidency when the encounter became public in March.

Some $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.

Ms. Bencivenga said the continued news about the PTL controversy had taken a toll on Miss Hahn.

″She’s been under tremendous pressure, and it’s with the grace of God that she’s held up this long,″ Ms. Bencivenga said, adding that Miss Hahn had to be carried up the stairs to her apartment after she was treated.