Lawsuit Against Bill Gothard and IBLP Amended
By M.K. Wiley, HA Editorial Team
As many of our regular readers know, a lawsuit was filed in October 2015 against IBLP (Institute in Basic Life Principles) alleging sexual misconduct by former president Bill Gothard during his time working for the “ministry” he founded. Specifically, there were 10 women alleging Gothard sexually harassed, sexually assaulted, molested, and/or raped them, often at one of his IBLP “Headquarters,” while they were working for him. IBLP runs the Advanced Training institute (ATI).
Gothard has denied all allegations.
As of August 18, 2016, an amended lawsuit has been filed against IBLP. Seventeen individuals are suing IBLP and Bill Gothard for “physical abuse, sexual abuse, and sexual harassment” during Gothard’s time as president of IBLP. The amended complaint contains 160 specific counts.
Attorney for the plaintiifs David Gibbs III was disqualified from representing his clients earlier this year due to a conflict of interest. The third amended complaint is the first advancement in the case since Gibbs III was disqualified.
While Bill Gothard, now 81, resigned as president of IBLP in March 2014, IBLP continues to operate under a Board of Directors – moving their Headquarters from Chicago to Big Sandy, Texas, and leaving several of their former Training Centers empty across the country.
Gothard, too, continues to operate in “ministry,” with a most recent known appearance at Total Outreach for Christ Ministries‘ Overcomers Conference, held June 8-10, 2016, in Little Rock, Arkansas. Gothard presented his new talk on what he calls “The Four Fears,” a collection of Bible verses and quasi-science that is meant to counteract mental illness, which he now blames for low church attendance nation-wide. He claims to have developed a 3-step plan to solve mental illness, detailed on his new website.
The attached file is the public record of the filed lawsuit.