CUYAHOGA FALLS, OH (WOIO) - Televangelist Ernest Angley faces an unsettling lawsuit that alleges the 97-year-old preacher asked a former employee to strip naked, masturbate and submit to invasive and unsavory lines of questioning.
According to court documents, an attorney for the alleged victim -- Brock Miller, of Myrtle Beach, S.C. -- filed the lawsuit against Angley and Cuyahoga Falls' Grace Cathedral on Aug. 22 in Summit County Common Pleas Court.
Miller started working for Angley in 2004 at age 18, and as a condition of his employment, he was forced to have a vasectomy, according to court records.
Later that year, Miller reportedly asked Angley to counsel him on his upcoming marriage, but the preacher would only agree if Miller exposed his penis.
"Angley then told plaintiff to masturbate in front of him so Angley could make sure he was ejaculating correctly," the lawsuit states.
Miller claims he agreed to the demands "because Angley was not only his boss, but more importantly was a man of God and he trusted him at that time."
Miller said during his 10-year employment, Angley would also ask him lewd questions like:
- "How often are you having sex?"
- "Do you go down on your wife?"
However, in 2006, Miller claims the sexual abuse escalated when he was summoned to Angley's home for "'a special anointing' where Angley would have plaintiff strip naked and lie on a circular bed while Angley massaged him."
The lawsuit states the "anointing" took place at least 12 more times, and caused "severe and permanent injuries" that required medical and psychological treatment.
Miller claims Angley is guilty of sexual harassment, failure to control and constructive discharge in violation of public policy.
Miller is seeking compensatory and punitive damages.
Angley, who resides in Akron, gained national notoriety over the decades, and has TV shows that include the daily "Ninety and Nine Club" and the weekly "Ernest Angley Hour."
In separate reports that emerged in 2014, former Grace Cathedral church members alleged that Angley encouraged genital examinations, abortions and vasectomies.
Calls by Cleveland 19 to Grace Cathedral regarding the lawsuit have not yet been returned.