Last week we told you a paternity test alleges that Pastor Jamal Bryant of the Empowerment Temple fathered a son out-of-wedlock. Now Bryant speaks out about the allegations via periscope.
Latoya Shawntee Odom, a 34-year-old California woman, alleges in an exclusive report from Obnoxious Television that she engaged in a sexual relationship with Bryant which resulted in her getting pregnant. Bryant allegedly asked her to abort the pregnancy, but she refused and gave birth last July to a boy named John Karston Bryant, according to official documents cited in the report.
Pastor Bryant via periscope stated that his lawyers asked him not to share any details of the situation, but went on to address the allegations:
“Over the last week, a lot has been said, a lot has been suggested and, like you, I was thrown into a tailspin. I had to shut down for a minute so that my response would not be that of a man but be priestly as a man of God,” Bryant said in the video. “To that end, let me say to you, I am one of those rare people who are flawed with character, that with all of my issues, I don’t run from them but I stand right next to them.”
Bryant then mentioned his divorce nine years ago from “The Real Housewives of Potomac” star Gizelle Bryant.
“I went through a divorce and claimed all of it as my responsibility,” he said. “The worst mistake you can ever make is to repeat that exact same mistake.”