A Fulton County court ordered an Atlanta blogger to pay the bishop of a Georgia church with national congregations $150,000 in damages.
The controversy began years ago when the bishop was falsely accused of rape and other vile crimes.
The vindicated bishop told Channel 2’s Diana Davis Tuesday that it all started because of a power struggle within his church.
Outside the Fulton County Courthouse, Bishop Larry Shaw told Davis the case began 12 years ago when a woman wrote a letter accusing the bishop of rape.
Shaw says none of the charges were true and that the woman later admitted it.
“Those charges were ridiculous and they were found to be bogus,” Shaw said.
He said the rumors first surfaced when he was competing for a high position in the Church of God in Christ. He said his competitor hoped the story would cost him the election.
“There were a group of people that wanted a certain individual to unseat me and they could not find anything except for this bogus story,” Shaw said.
Shaw thought his nightmare was over and done with. But about two years ago, he said Atlanta blogger William McCray posted the accusations all over again on social media.
Shaw took him to court.
A Fulton County judge has ordered McCray to pay Shaw $150,000 in damages.
Shaw told Davis it just one of many recent example of social media run amok.
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