Victoria Osteen Involved In Lawsuit

Submitted by on Nov 14, 2016

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Victoria Osteen, wife of celebrity pastor Joel Osteen, waited anxiously for her not-guilty verdict after a civil jury court case Thursday. After they decided assault claims by a flight attendant were not true, after a claim following a spilled drink and argument in first-class, she praised and thanked God for the ruling.

A flight attendant with Continental Airlines, Sharon Brown, claimed that Victoria Osteen caused her mental and physical pain after attacking her on the December 20014 flight to Vail, Colorado. She wanted $405,000 for damages and distress. However, the jurors found her claim unfounded and rejected it.

Victoria Osteen immediately began to shed tears in the courtroom, hugged her lawyers and friends, and was heard to say “praise God” and “thank you God.” It had taken 2 ½ hours for the jury to reach its decision.

“I expected it because it’s the truth and I know the truth always stands firm,” Victoria Osteen said after court was dismissed.

The flight attendant’s claim came after a drink was spilled on the first-class armrest of the seat where Victoria was sitting. Allegedly, the attendant failed to clean up the spill quickly enough. The attendant claimed that the irate passenger pushed her against the bathroom door and hit her with an elbow as she rushed toward the cockpit.

Victoria Osteen, her husband Joel Osteen, and multiple other passengers on that flight showed up in court to state that the alleged incident did not occur. Her attorney suggested it was a made-up fantasy intended to cash in on a highly publicized story.

The Osteens are co-pastors of a mega church with approximately 42,000 congregants called the Lakewood Church in Houston. Their services and other events are televised and draw an even larger crowd. According to Joel Osteen, they do not view Brown negatively and have prayed on her behalf.

“It’s a great vindication and shows us the faithfulness of God,” he said. He went on to explain that the whole court experience helped him and his family learn more.

Victoria Osteen, her husband Joel Osteen, and multiple other passengers on that flight showed up in court to state that the alleged incident did not occur. Her attorney suggested it was a made-up fantasy intended to cash in on a highly publicized story.

The Osteens are co-pastors of a mega church with approximately 42,000 congregants called the Lakewood Church in Houston. Their services and other events are televised and draw an even larger crowd. According to Joel Osteen, they do not view Brown negatively and have prayed on her behalf.

“It’s a great vindication and shows us the faithfulness of God,” he said. He went on to explain that the whole court experience helped him and his family learn more.

Gilles Labbe, the jury foreman explained that their decision did not entail a discussion about whether any argument to place were not, but instead if it rose to the level where damages or distress or cost. The jury found any altercation that took place to be incredibly minor and something seen on airplanes all the time.

He stated, “My personal point of view (was that the lawsuit) was a complete waste of time because the incident didn’t rise any kind of level.” He also stated that the jury wanted to award Osteen legal fees for the unfounded allegations against Victoria.

Rusty Hardin, Victoria Osteen’s attorney, presented the argument as a verbal event only and called Brown’s assertions that she suffered posttraumatic stress disorder as a result a “blasphemy” and “separately.”

He suggested that if a physical assault actually took place, criminal charges would have been brought against Victoria. This was suggested to Hardin that Brown only wanted a payday. “If you want to hold her responsible… then you go to law enforcement.” He pointed out to the jury that Brown did no such thing.

McKamie told the jury that Sharon Brown “lost her trust in her faith providers” because she felt that Victoria Osteen believed she was above reproach and had “favor from God” to do whatever she wanted to.

Other than the $405,000 in actual damages, Brown also sought a full 10 percent of Victoria Osteen’s total net worth in punitive damages.

“If your motives are pure, that’s where you go first,” he said. “If you want to hold her responsible and not look to line your pockets and hit the lottery then you go to law enforcement. She didn’t do that.”

The punitive damages would only be considered if the jury found that Victoria assaulted Brown with malice. What this total amount would have been was never discussed in court because the jury did not find the allegations true.

The Federal Aviation Administration did fine Victoria Osteen $3000 for interfering with a crew member. The Osteens paid the fine to “put the incident behind them” without accepting guilt over the matter.

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