Hillsong founder pleads not guilty
The leader of Australian-turned-international megachurch Hillsong Brian Houston is pleading not guilty to charges of concealing information about his father’s alleged abuse of children, his lawyers told a Sydney court yesterday. After a 2-year investigation, NSW Police charged the 67yo in August. The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse heard Brian’s father Frank (a Pentecostal preacher) admitted to the abuse before his death in 2004. It’s a trial that is getting international attention because Hillsong has some high profile worshippers across 20 countries, along with high profile scandals. Brian was in the US before returning to Oz recently to “set the record straight”. The case has been adjourned until 24 November.
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