Atlanta megachurch pastor the Reverend Creflo Dollar denied embarrassing allegations Sunday that he assaulted his 15-year-old daughter during an altercation at his Fayetteville, Georgia, home.
“The truth is, she was not choked. She was not punched," Dollar said before his congregation at World Changers International church. "There were not any scratches on her neck but the only thing that was on her neck was a prior skin abrasion from eczema. Anything else is an exaggeration and sensationalism.”
But police are alleging that he did indeed choke and punch the teenager. News cameras Friday showed him get into a vehicle after being released from Fayette County police custody after being arrested on simple battery, family violence and cruelty to children charges.
Deputies responding to a domestic disturbance call that day found a 15-year-old girl who told them that her attendance at a party this weekend sparked a verbal confrontation with her father. When she left the kitchen and went into her room, the exchange escalated, police said.
“He charged her, and put his hands around her throat and began to choke her,” according to the incident report. “She said he then slammed her to the ground and began to punch her and took his shoe off and started whooping her with it.”
The girl had superficial injuries -- “a scratch on the right side of her neck” -- according to the report.
But on Sunday, Dollar indicated that somebody wasn't telling the truth about the incident, which made national news. "All is well in the Dollar household," he told parishioners, HLN affiliate WSB-TV reported.
Dollar is no stranger to controversy. He was part of a cadre of preachers targeted by Sen. Chuck Grassley in 2007 in a probe related to their tax-exempt status. Grassley released his review of the religious institutions last year.
Dollar is a proponent of the so-called “prosperity gospel,” which holds that God wants believers to have material wealth. Last year he famously told attendees to leave his sanctuary if they were members of the local New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, which is led by his friend, the Rev. Eddie Long. Long was facing a sex scandal at the time.