Church Sued for Slander After "Prophecy" About Woman's Crack House Affiliation

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A St. Louis County woman says she was humiliated after being falsely described in a church service as "coming out of a crack house" — and she's now suing the church and its prophets for slander.

In a suit filed Tuesday in St. Louis County Circuit Court, Gloria Koonce says that she was visiting Anointed Word Kingdom Ministry in Bridgeton when she was called up to the stage by one of its prophets. In full hearing of the congregation, the prophets in ministry there allegedly claimed she had a background that involved crack houses, saying that God would use her to "reach others dealing with the same affliction."

Humiliated, Koonce says she later sought medical help. She also claims she became an alcoholic as a result of the incident, even though she'd never previously been a drinker.

She is seeking $50,000 in damages from the church, as well as the prophet and prophetess, who are named only as John and Jane Doe.

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