Daughter Claims Evangelist's Crew Beat Her When She Sought Healing For Mother
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
December 5, 2002
AKRON, OHIO--In August 2001, Gloria DeFrancesco took her mother to TV evangelist Ernest Angley for a healing prayer.
Angley had arranged the personal healing for the 94-year-old woman who had disabilities, used a wheelchair, and was a "long-term financial contributor" to Angley's church.. Unfortunately, Angley had failed to inform his workers.
When DeFrancesco tried to bring her mother up to the stage, six of Angley's workers and volunteer ushers blocked their way and assaulted DeFrancesco.
In a lawsuit filed Tuesday at Summit County Common Pleas Court, DeFrancesco claimed she was grabbed, lifted, pushed, then beaten by the workers. DeFrancesco said she sustained injuries to her head, nose, body requiring hospitalization. She also claimed the assault left her with a detached retina that needed surgery to correct. She is seeking more than $25,000 in damages from Angley, his ministry and the employees.
A representative of Angley's ministry said the daughter is trying to "get a lot of miles" out of "this poor old mother business". The spokesman also claimed that DeFrancesco started the fight when she used the point of an umbrella to strike a volunteer usher 20 times in the groin.