Evangelist Ravi Zacharias Accused of Sexual Misconduct, Rape

Influential evangelist Ravi Zacharias has been accused of rape, sexual misconduct, unwanted touching and spiritual abuse in a report by his own ministry.

Zacharias, who died last spring, founded the Ravi Zacharias International Ministry (RZIM). RZIM featured 100 speakers and saw Zacharias himself as an intellectual who could appeal to highly educated atheists and businessmen.

RZIM launched an investigation into Zacharias after his death, following allegations from multiple women and Christian groups. RZIM hired law firm Miller & Martin, who would go on to interview over a dozen massage therapists.

Five of these therapists would report that Zacharias has touched them inappropriately, while 8 of them said the he was fully nude during the sessions. Miller & Martin found messages to over 200 massage therapists which involved selfies and nudes. 

The law firm also discovered that Zacharias owned 2 apartments in Bangkok, where he and another massage therapist spent 256 days between 2010 and 2014. Zacharias owned 2 massage parlors near RZIM headquarters.

RZIM has since apologized to victims of Zacharias since the release of the report, especially to Lori Anne Thompson. Thompson met Zacharias in 2014, and received messages of a sexual nature from him until 2017. 

Thompson would involve their lawyer, causing Zacharias to sue the couple. The suit ended in private mediation sometime before his death in 2020.


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