Class Action Lawsuit Claims RZIM (Ravi Zacharias Ministry) Donations Misused, Funneled to Pay off Sex Abuse Survivors
(Post Updated Below)
By Anugrah Kumar
Donors to Ravi Zacharias International Ministries have filed a lawsuit against the late Christian apologist’s organization, alleging their funds were funneled to women subjected to its founder’s sexual misconduct as he gave money and expensive gifts to survivors, including $40,000 toward on woman’s culinary schooling.
“Defendants bilked tens — if not hundreds — of millions of dollars from well-meaning donors who believed RZIM and Zacharias to be faith-filled Christian leaders,” claims the lawsuit filed in the federal court for the North District of Georgia. “In fact, Zacharias was a prolific sexual predator who used his ministry and RZIM funds to perpetrate sexual and spiritual abuse against women.”
After Zacharias’s death last May, an in-depth report by Atlanta law firm Miller & Martin, independent investigators hired by RZIM, revealed that he engaged in “sexting, unwanted touching, spiritual abuse, and rape” during his life.
….After Zacharias talked with her about her faith and finances, establishing himself as a “father figure,” he arranged for his ministry to provide her with financial support.
However, he then demanded sex and “warned her not ever to speak out against him or she would be responsible for the ‘millions of souls’ whose salvation would be lost if his reputation was damaged.”
…Throughout his decades-long ministry, Zacharias, who died of cancer at the age of 74, was a globally respected apologist. A prolific figure in American Christian radio and TV, he founded RZIM in 1984. Today, the ministry has offices in 15 countries and nearly 300 staffers.
Aug 6, 2021
by Shelia Poole
Derek Carrier, a tight end for the Las Vegas Raiders, and his wife, Dora, are suing Alpharetta-based Ravi Zacharias International Ministries and the wife of its founder for deceptive practices and misuse of funds after the couple donated thousands of dollars to the ministry to help defend Christianity.
The complaint, filed in U.S. District Court in the Northern District of Georgia on Thursday, alleges instead, Zacharias, who had an international following, used funds donated to the ministry to cover up and engage in sexual misconduct.
The other defendants are RZIM Productions and Margaret Zacharias as the administrator of the estate. Ravi Zacharias, the 74-year-old head of a global ministry founded in 1984 and a bestselling author, died in May 2020.
Update, Feb. 2022
April 28, 2022
Archegos Capital Management founder Bill Hwang has been charged with securities fraud and racketeering charges in a fraud and manipulation scheme so spectacular the Wall Street Journal reports it jeopardized the entire U.S. economy.
Damian Williams, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, says Hwang and his co-conspirators inflated the stock price of publicly traded companies via billions of dollars in deceitfully obtained bank loans.
… Christians may be familiar with Hwang through his connections to Ravi Zacharias, the late evangelist who was posthumously exposed as a serial sexual predator. Hwang was a board member of RZIM, the outreach organization founded by Zacharias. News reports describe the two as being “close.”