In , Ted Haggard was easily one of the most influential evangelical leaders in the United States. But his life changed abruptly when former male escort Mike Jones alleged that Haggard -- who had condemned homosexuality as a sin -- paid him for sex and methamphetamine. At first, Haggard denied the claims, but when Jones released voicemails of Haggard asking for drugs, he eventually admitted to "sexual immorality" and to buying methamphetamine. He was forced to resign from the church he led for 22 years. In the above clip, Haggard says he is is pastoring at St.
CNN -- Evangelical pastor Ted Haggard described Thursday as "fundamentally true" an assertion that he engaged in an inappropriate relationship with a year-old male volunteer in But he grabbed a bottle of lotion and started masturbating. Haas added, " Haggard used to say to me, 'You know what, Grant, you can become a man of God, and you can have a little bit of fun on the side. Haggard, 52, said the incident was "an indicator of the compulsive behavior" that ruled him at the time. However, he said he has been undergoing therapy during the two years since and "working it out. Controversy involving Haggard first erupted in November , when a former prostitute, Mike Jones, said the pastor had paid him for sex over three years and had used methamphetamine in his presence.
Ted Haggard 'Grateful' 7 Years After Gay Sex Scandal (VIDEO)
Ted Haggard — was the totally not-gay  remember that, it's important to know head of the New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado . In Haggard was exposed as a methamphetamine user and a regular customer of Denver's male prostitutes. We must assume that money the faithful gave him was never used in this way.
Haggard made national headlines in November when male prostitute and masseur Mike Jones alleged that Haggard, who had advocated against the legalization of same-sex marriage, had paid him for sex for three years and had also purchased and used crystal methamphetamine. After initially denying the allegations, Haggard claimed to have purchased methamphetamine and thrown it away without using it. Haggard resigned his post at New Life Church and his other leadership roles shortly after the allegations became public. Later, Haggard admitted to having used drugs, participated in some sexual activity with Jones, and engaged in an inappropriate relationship with a young man who attended New Life Church. In , Haggard and his wife, Gayle, founded St.