Texas Pastor Drops Lawsuit Against Whole Foods, Admits to Hoax
Last month, openly gay pastor Jordan Brown filed a lawsuit against Whole Foods after he claimed to have bought a cake with an anti-gay slur written on it.
The company came back at Brown with a $100,000 countersuit and eventually provided surveillance footage. The video shows both Brown purchasing the cake and proving that he had not been tampered with.
Brown dropped his lawsuit against the grocery chain and released this statement: "I want to apologize to Whole Foods and its team members for questioning the company’s commitment to its values, and especially the bakery associate who I understand was put in a terrible position because of my actions. I apologize to the LGBT community for diverting attention from real issues. I also want to apologize to my partner, my family, my church family, and my attorney."
Whole Foods responded by dropping their $100,000 countersuit and said, "We’re very pleased that the truth has come to light. Given Mr. Brown's apology and public admission that his story was a complete fabrication, we see no reason to move forward with our countersuit to defend the integrity of our brand and team members."
Read more at The New York Times.