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Inside the sex scandal that brought down a multi-million dollar televangelist empire when a pastor ‘raped’ his …

A new TV show explores how the Jessica Hahn sex scandal took down a multi-million dollar televangelist empire.

Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker were famous in the 1980s for their successful TV ministry PTL (Praise the Lord) Club, later called The Jim and Tammy Show. 

But the Christian conglomerate was all but destroyed after a local newspaper unearthed a shocking scandal – that Jim Bakker had paid $279,000 to Jessica Hahn, a church secretary.

That thread quickly unraveled an even bigger scandal after the Charlotte Observer found that Hahn had allegedly been paid the cash as hush money, after she was allegedly raped by Bakker in a hotel room in 1980 when she was 21. 

Bakker would later acknowledge that he’d had sex with the secretary but claimed it was consensual.

The upcoming episode of Scandal Made Me Famous will examine the scandal and speak to the

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How a Sexual Assault Scandal Led to the Uncovering of a $158 Million Crime in a Televangelist Empire

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After Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker Left PTL Club

Despite the millions that the Bakkers stole from the church, it was the sex scandal that led to their ministry’s undoing.

Following Jim’s departure from PTL club, rival preacher, Jimmy Swaggart tried to take control of the TV empire. However, Swaggart was later exposed for his own sex scandal.

Ultimately, Jerry Falwell, the Moral Majority founder, took over the ministry. He stepped in only to discover that PTL had debt amounting in the millions and that money raised for hotel timeshares had been rerouted to other places.

Jim and Tammy Faye divorced in 1992. She went on to marry their close friend Roe Messner, who was the one to come up with the hush money to pay off Hahn. Messner was later jailed for bankruptcy fraud while Tammy Faye went on to reinvent herself as a reality TV star and self-help author. She passed away at the age

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A new show explores how the Jessica Hahn (pictured in 1988) scandal took down a televangelist empire

A new show explores how the Jessica Hahn sex scandal took down a multi-million dollar televangelist empire.

Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker were famous in the 1980s for their successful TV ministry PTL (Praise the Lord) Club, later called The Jim and Tammy Show. 

But the Christian conglomerate was all but destroyed after a local newspaper unearthed a shocking scandal – that Jim Bakker had paid $279,000 to Jessica Hahn, a church secretary.

That thread quickly unraveled an even bigger scandal after the Charlotte Observer found that Hahn had allegedly been paid the cash as hush money, after she was allegedly raped by Bakker in a hotel room in 1980 when she was 21. Bakker would later acknowledge that he’d had sex with the secretary but claimed it was consensual.

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‘Runaway Bride’ Jennifer Wilbanks’ bizarre story told on Scandal Made Me Famous

Jennifer Wilbanks

Jennifer Wilbanks, who became known as the ‘Runaway Bride’ after fleeing to avoid getting married

Jennifer Wilbanks was so desperate to avoid getting married to her soon-to-be-husband that she fled more than 1,400 miles then pretended she’d been kidnapped and sexually assaulted.

Wilbanks was due to marry John Mason in April 2005 in a lavish wedding with 600 guests.

But to avoid it she left Duluth, Georgia, and fled to Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Her sudden disappearance sparked a manhunt across the US with some speculating whether Mason had killed her.

Three days later — after a $100,000 reward was put up by relatives in a bid to find her — she finally rang Mason, as well as 911, and lied that she had been taken hostage by a Hispanic man and a Caucasian woman while out for a run.

Get the lowdown

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Inside Sleazy Tiger Woods’ Vulgar Sex Scandal With Rachel Uchitel

Tiger Wood’s extramarital affair with Rachel Uchitel spiraled out of control when the two began spending large amounts of time together, RadarOnline.com can reveal. The pro-golfer was still married to his longtime wife Elin Nordegren and yet he treated Uchitel as much more than just a casual fling.

As is told in Reelz’s latest clip, Scandal Made Me Famous: Tiger Rachel, Wood’s friend and trusted employee, Biron Bell, emailed Uchitel in 2009 to send her her flight information, as she would be flying to meet Woods for a romantic rendezvous during the Australian Masters where he was competing.

“Tiger wanted to be with Rachel,” says People’s Senior Crime Reporter, Steve Helling in the clip, “but he knew he had to be discreet, and he had this whole plan for her to come with him to the Australian Masters and then to accompany

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Inside the Jessica Hahn Scandal: How a 21-year-old Church Secretary Brought Down a Televangelist Empire

As scandals go, this one was huge.

Televangelists Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker had built a multimillion dollar empire in South Carolina. Known as PTL, it was a conglomerate of Christian-based businesses. In addition to a Christian broadcasting network, it included a theme park, water park and residential complex. It raked in millions of dollars per year.

Jim was known for his all-inclusive messages. Tammy Faye became famous for her garish makeup — false eyelashes, red rouge and heavy lipstick.

But everything came crashing down in 1987, when the Charlotte Observer began investigating the organization’s finances. Among the newspaper’s findings: that Jim Bakker had paid $279,000 to Jessica Hahn, a church secretary.

Soon, the story became more tawdry. Hahn alleged that she had been raped by Bakker in 1980, when she was 21. He acknowledged that he had once had sex with her, but insisted that the sex was consensual.

Read more at: http://people.com/crime/jessica-hahn-jim-bakker-tammy-faye-scandal-made-me-famous/

Inside the Jessica Hahn Scandal: How a 21-Year-Old Church Secretary Brought Down a Televangelist Empire

As scandals go, this one was huge.

Televangelists Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker had built a multimillion dollar empire in South Carolina. Known as PTL, it was a conglomerate of Christian-based businesses. In addition to a Christian broadcasting network, it included a theme park, water park and residential complex. It raked in millions of dollars per year.

Jim was known for his all-inclusive messages. Tammy Faye became famous for her garish makeup — false eyelashes, red rouge and heavy lipstick.

But everything came crashing down in 1987, when the Charlotte Observer began investigating the organization’s finances. Among the newspaper’s findings: that Jim Bakker had paid $279,000 to Jessica Hahn, a church secretary.

Soon, the story became more tawdry. Hahn alleged that she had been raped by Bakker in 1980, when she was 21. He acknowledged that he had once had sex with her, but insisted that the sex was consensual.

Read more at: http://people.com/crime/jessica-hahn-jim-bakker-tammy-faye-scandal-made-me-famous/

Anna Nicole Smith’s controversial life and tragic death on Scandal Made Me Famous

Anna Nicole Smith in a still from REELZChannel's Scandal Made Me Famous

Anna Nicole Smith in a still from REELZChannel’s Scandal Made Me Famous

Scandal Made Me Famous on REELZChannel tonight looks at the controversies that surrounded former Playboy Playmate Anna Nicole Smith during her life — and her subsequent tragic death.

Smith — whose real name was Vickie Lynn Hogan — died in February 2007 at the age of 39 after overdosing on prescription drugs.

She had spent little time out of the headlines ever since she first hit the spotlight appearing on the cover of Playboy in March 1992.

The later years of her life were dominated by her controversial marriage to octogenarian billionaire J. Howard Marshall, which led to her being branded a “gold-digger” — a claim she always denied.

When Marshall died in 1995 the controversy continued when she was involved in a long-running legal

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Amanda Knox on Scandal Made Me Famous – People

 

It was an international murder case that captivated the world.

American college student Amanda Knox and her then-boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, were charged with the 2007 death of 21-year-old British student Meredith Kercher, who was sexually assaulted and found fatally stabbed in the Italian apartment she shared with Knox. Both Knox and Sollecito were convicted after police said DNA evidence linked them to the crime – but then were acquitted in 2015 by Italy’s highest court because of “stunning flaws” in the investigation and a lack of evidence.

The Amanda Knox story became international news and landed on the cover of PEOPLE.

As the tenth anniversary of the murder approaches, the Reelz Channel revisits the saga in its docuseries, Scandal Made Me Famous, and reveals that Knox had the opportunity to leave Italy before she was ever incarcerated, but chose to stay.

“Amanda called her mother at

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New evidence emerges in Tonya Harding-Nancy Kerrigan scandal

An envelope featuring handwritten notes by former figure skater Tonya Harding has surfaced, more than 20 years after Harding planned an attack on her rival Nancy Kerrigan.

Newly-revealed evidence in the case was featured Saturday on the Reelz show “Scandal Made Me Famous.”

The envelope — found in an Oregon restaurant’s garbage — contains the name and address of the rink where Kerrigan was known to practice.

The Daily News cover for Jan. 7, 1994 featured a post-scandal photo of Kerrigan.

The Daily News cover for Jan. 7, 1994 featured a post-scandal photo of Kerrigan.

(Daily News)

Handwriting expert Robert Peschka claimed that most of the notes on the envelope were written by Harding, and that the others were written by her then husband, Jeff Gillooly.

Margot Robbie

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