Standing tall and speaking confidently, Dollar denied that he had hit, punched or choked his daughter, and that a scratch on the side of her neck was from an old case of eczema.
"I will say this emphatically: I should have never been arrested," Dollar said, and promised that once the full story came out, people would be "appalled" at the fact that he was arrested at all.
The people gave Dollar a standing ovation before he even spoke, and clearly supported his decision not to talk about his child's behavior, other than to say he "would never put any fault on his children, as Jesus would never put any fault on me." Full story here
Popular television evangelist and pastor Creflo Dollar was arrested in Atlanta Friday on charges of battery against his 15-year-old daughter.
Dollar, 50, was arrested at his North Fayette County home on Thursday night (Friday morning at 2:00 am).
The daughter called authorities after an altercation between the two over her attending a party ended with him choking her and causing a scratch on the side of her throat.
In the 911 call, the girl tells the emergency operator that "it's not the first time it's happened" and that she "feels threatened by being in this house."
She also said her father punched her in the face; police spoke with her 19-year-old sister as well, who corroborated the story.
Reverend Dollar - whose World Changers Church boasts 30,000 members and generates billions in revenue - issued a statement on Friday saying, "As a father I love my children and I always have their best interest at heart at all times, and I would never use my hand to ever cause bodily harm to my children. The facts in this case will be handled privately to further protect my children. My family thanks you for your prayers and continued support."
A judge on Friday granted Dollar $5,000 bond on charges of simple battery, child cruelty and family violence.
Go here for the full story, 911 transcript! Below is a video news story about the incident, along with a lengthy description of the incident.
Go here to check out Rev. Dollar's tweets since the incident. Below is the full video of his return to the pulpit to talk with his parishioners.