Brian Houston says he will ‘fight’ abuse cover-up when hearing dates are set
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In his first public comments in months, Hillsong Church founder Brian Houston said he will “fight” the allegation that he covered up his father’s child sex crimes.
In a Facebook video on Thursday, Mr. Houston, who resigned from the megachurch in March, reiterated his determination to fight a charge of concealing another person’s felony conviction.
“More than 12 months ago, I was accused of a crime that I have yet to defend and I will fight,” he said in the video.
In January, Mr. Houston withdrew from all church activities as he vowed to fight an allegation by police that he knew his father, Frank Houston, who In 1970, a minor male was indecently assaulted.
His father died in 2004.
Police allege that Mr. Houston knew about his father’s crime since September 1999 and claim that he failed to report the information to them despite knowing it could help a possible prosecution. stay
He has pleaded not guilty.
It was announced on Thursday that Mr Houston had been set aside three weeks for a hearing on allegations he covered up his father’s sex crimes.
The matter was mentioned in Sydney’s Downing Center Local Court on Thursday but he was excused from the appearance.
The hearing dates have been confirmed from December 2 to December 22.
Brian Houston’s resignation from Hillsong and what he said on Facebook
Mr Houston resigned from Hillsong in March after an internal investigation, unrelated to the allegation, found he had engaged in inappropriate conduct of “serious concern”.
Mr Houston said he wanted to “clarify the circumstances” of his resignation.
“On March 21, 2022… I made the hardest decision of my life, and that was to step down from the Hillsong Church Board after leading the church in 1983 and serving for 39 years,” he said in a Facebook video. had to submit his resignation.” .
“I think a big part of me hoped that with the pressure the board was putting on me, they would reject my offer and keep fighting for me, but it wasn’t to be.”
Mr. Houston said that when he tendered his resignation, he hoped to continue to play an active role as Hillsong’s founding pastor.
Mr Houston and his wife Bobbie founded Hillsong in 1983 in Sydney’s western suburbs.
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