Con artist Bishop Lamor Whitehead is suing a businessman named Brandon Belmonte for a whopping $200 million for allegedly defaming him. According to Lamor, Brandon slandered him during an interview with the New Yorker.
The New York Post got details of the $200 million lawsuit;
Flashy Brooklyn Bishop Lamor Whitehead has filed a $200 million lawsuit against a businessman he claims slandered him in an interview with the New Yorker and to the FBI –alleging it’s what led to the federal fraud charges against him.
The 44-year-old controversial clergyman claims that Brandon Belmonte defamed him in a Jan. 14 New Yorker article titled “The Mayor and the Con Man,” according to the Manhattan Supreme Court lawsuit from Tuesday.
“He destroyed my life and turned my life upside down and this is all based off of lies,” Whitehead told The Post of Belmonte on Thursday.
Belmonte, 38, claimed in the article that Whitehead – who has ties to Mayor Eric Adams – tried to get a $5,000 kickback from him, saying: “I got City Hall in my back pocket.”
Belmonte said Whitehead told him the mayor could make a property he was developing in The Bronx a homeless shelter.
“You’ll get city benefits,” Belmonte claimed Whitehead said. “We’re gonna make millions together.”
Belmonte claimed Whitehead threatened to beat him up if he didn’t cough up the money. Belmonte reported the alleged shakedown to the feds.
Belmonte’s comments “injured [Whitehead’s] reputation as a pastor and as a professional real estate investor,” the filing alleges.
Whitehead “has lost, and continues to lose, business deals, church members, income, and was subjected to a federal criminal indictment based upon Mr. Belmonte’s false statements,” the suit charges.
In December, Whitehead – who drives a Rolls-Royce, wears luxury jewelry and dons Gucci suits – was arrested for allegedly scamming members of his congregation – the Leaders of Tomorrow International Ministries in Canarsie.
Whitehead was hit with additional charges earlier this month for allegedly making phony bank records to try to get loans for his million-dollar New Jersey mansion.
Whitehead – who made headline after he was robbed at gunpoint of $1 million in jewelry during a livestreamed sermon – told The Post that Belmonte is actually the con man and is hoping that prosecutors will reevaluate his case after looking into Belmonte.
“I want the world to see how the bishop is being painted as a villain instead of a victim,” Whitehead said.
Whitehead’s lawyer Brian Ponder told The Post, “I think people should really follow the civil matter closely because the facts are going to get decided on in the civil matter that will completely debunk the narrative that is being alleged in the criminal matter.”
Whitehead also filed a $50 million defamation lawsuit in November alleging that New York radio personality Tarsha Nicole Jones unfairly labeled him a “drug dealer” on air. That case is still pending.
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