A North Carolina pastor, Daniel Chalmers, who was accused of urinating on a woman while she was sleeping during a flight, stepped down from his positions at a Raleigh church, according to local news reports.
Citing a statement by Catch the Fire Raleigh-Durham church pastors, The Charlotte Observer reported that Daniel Chalmers — who is a pastor at Love Win Ministries, which he founded — recently stepped down from his staff position and “expressed grief and horror” over the October incident.
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“We were saddened to hear of the news yesterday involving one of our non-Pastor employees in a disorderly conduct incident earlier this month,” Catch the Fire Raleigh said in an Instagram post on Wednesday without directly identifying Chalmers. “We take these matters very seriously. This behavior is not a reflection of Catch The Fire, our leadership, and its members. While we were investigating the matter he was immediately suspended, and we have now subsequently accepted his resignation and his sincere, heartfelt apology to everyone involved.”
Alicia Beverly accused Daniel Chalmers of peeing on her on Delta flight 874 from Las Vegas to Detroit on October 13. Alicia Beverly told the authorities that she “woke up feeling something warm on her body” and saw Chalmers standing over while she was in her seat, according to a police report per Winston-Salem Journal on Tuesday.
“I jump up and I seen his private area out and I screamed and that woke everybody up,” Beverly told Fox 2 Detroit on October 14. “By that time I actually looked at him and I see him shake himself off and I’m like this man just peed on me! I looked and there was a puddle of pee in the seats!”
Chalmers initially denied Beverly’s claims saying that it was out of his “character” but later admitted to police that he took prescribed medication and was drinking, according to the police report.
Beverly filed a lawsuit against Raleigh’s Love Wins Ministries and Daniel Chalmers, for millions, according to the Winston-Salem Journal citing the lawsuit published by Beverly’s attorney in a news release on Thursday.
According to the lawsuit, Beverly has experienced “injuries and damages” including severe emotional and mental distress, anxiety, and humiliation due to the incident.
“It is difficult to believe that a church would hire a Pastor who boarded a plane drunk and has a proclivity to urinate on passengers,” her attorney, Geoffrey Fieger, said in the news release. “Considering the times we are living in, nothing surprises me anymore.”
Chalmers issued an apology statement for his behavior to local news on Tuesday. The Love Wins ministries website is no longer available.
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