Dollar charged with misdemeanor counts of simple battery, cruelty to children
Creflo Dollar, the megachurch pastor known as one of the most prominent African American pastors in the Atlanta area, is adamantly denying he punched and choked his 15-year-old daughter.
Creflo Dollar was charged on Friday with misdemeanor counts of simple battery and cruelty to children.
Creflo Dollar continues to claim he should not have been arrested.
The Associated Press reports Creflo Dollar told his congregation on Sunday that the allegations in the police report are “[an] exaggeration and sensationalism.”
“I want you all to hear personally from me that all is well in the Dollar household,” Creflo Dollar told his congregation, the report says.
The congregation met his rebuttal of the charges with an ovation that suggested they accepted his claims.
Creflo Dollar was arrested after his daughter called 911 at 1 a.m. on Friday with the daughter telling the Fayette County sheriff that an argument between the two over a party escalated after Dollar began to choke her, then punched her and hit her with his shoe.
The report goes on to say the deputy interviewed Dollar’s 19-year-old daughter, whom claimed her father grabbed the 15-year-old’s shoulders, then slapped and choked her for five seconds.
Taffi Dollar, Creflo’s wife, denies ever witnessing the fight.
The report says a deputy noticed a scratch on the girl’s neck.