NASHVILLE, Tenn.- A judge has dismissed the last remaining case involving a multi-million dollar lawsuit against Mt. Zion Baptist Church.
On Thursday, a judge today dismissed with prejudice the allegations made by former member Valencia Batson. This means the case cannot be brought back up again.
Batson had accused church leaders of sexual exploitation, battery and harassment. There were never any criminal charges, but Batson had filed a civil lawsuit.
"I am grateful to the Lord and grateful to the judge for the ruling that properly dismisses these allegations against me and my beloved Mt. Zion church. After all the negative publicity as the other side appeared determined to try, and re-try, all of this in the media, it is obviously gratifying that the case against me has been dismissed with prejudice, meaning that it is over. We are grateful beyond words to all of those who stood by us during these difficult and stressful times," said Bishop Walker.
Another former church member Corey Corbin filed a similar lawsuit earlier in the year, but dropped his complaint in November.