NASHVILLE, Tenn.- Weeks after one plaintiff dropped his complaint against Mt. Zion Baptist Church, word has come that the one remaining case will be dismissed.
Early in 2012 former church member Valencia Batson filed a civil lawsuit accusing church leaders of sexual exploitation, battery and harassment. Later in the year another former member, Corey Corbin filed a similar lawsuit.
In his case, Corbin said he and his now ex-wife had sought marital counseling from Walker. Corbin alleges Walker started a sexual relationship with Corbin's wife and ruined his marriage. In November Corey Corbin decided to drop his complaint against Mount Zion Baptist Church and its pastor, Bishop Joseph Walker.
During church service Sunday, Bishop Walker announced that the remaining lawsuit would be dropped.
"The Corbin case was dismissed two weeks ago and now I'm pleased to report the Batson case will be dismissed," said Walker.
The circuit court clerk confirmed there was a motion awaiting a judge's order to do away with the Batson case. Walker told the congregation there was no settlement for the dismissal of the cases.
Batson's attorney Connie Allison said the case is not over however. On Monday she filed an amended complaint against the church and said she may also consider taking the case to federal court.