On charges of aggravated assault against his estranged wife, televangelist Juanita Bynum, Bishop Thomas Weeks plead guilty on Tuesday in open court.
“I want to apologize to my wife for all actions you had to go through,” Weeks said, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution newspaper. “I know it has been difficult. I appreciate you and I thank you.”
Bishop Weeks admitted to grabbing Evangelist Bynum, throwing to the ground, and kicking and beating her during an August 2007 altercation in the parking lot of an Atlanta, Georgia hotel. Fulton County Superior Court judge T. Jackson Bedford sentenced Weeks to non-church related community service and anger management classes. Once he completes both conditions, the aggravated assault conviction will be expunged from his record.
“I understand if not hundreds of thousands, millions of people look to you for leadership, both moral and spiritual,” Bedford said to both Bynum and Weeks. “Going forward I would be mindful in your conduct in the future. Going through a divorce is a very difficult time. I know what it does to people. I’m very pleased this was able to be worked out. Neither of you needed to be exposed to what would have happened in the courtroom. I wish you the very best,” Bedford said.