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Second Lawsuit Filed Against Mt. Zion Church

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NASHVILLE, Tenn.- There are new claims of sexual misconduct at Mt. Zion Baptist church. A second multi-million dollar lawsuit was filed against Bishop Joseph Walker and church leadership.

A second person has stepped forward alleging details and suing the church. 

The first lawsuit was filed last month by Valencia Batson accusing certain church leaders, including Bishop Walker, of sexual exploitation, battery and harassment.  Others made claims anonymously, but she was the only one public until now.

On Thursday, a former church member Corey Lamont Corbin filed a separate lawsuit. In it he claims he and his wife sought "marriage counseling" from Bishop Walker. Corbin said that "coercion from Walker led to the couple's marital and sexual relationship continued to deteriorate." He claims that the counseling led to "the destruction of his marriage and the seduction of his wife."

"This is not what churches are supposed to do. You don't use congregants for your own personal, sexual and financial needs. That's not what clergy is responsible to do," said Connie Allison, Corbin's Attorney.

In total Mt. Zion Baptist Church is being sued for $10 million.

When asked about the lawsuit the church released this statement:

"There is nothing new here.  No matter how many times plaintiff's counsel re-hashes the same fabrications; the result will be the same -- unworthy of comment."

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