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AME Lawsuit

AME Lawsuit

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 1 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE CITY OF ST. LOUIS STATE OF MISSOURI BRENDA JONES, ) ) Plaintiff, ) ) vs. ) ) AFRICAN METHODIST EPISCOPAL ) CHURCH, INC., ) ) THE FIFTH EPISCOPAL DISTRICT OF ) THE AFRICAN METHODIST ) EPISCOPAL CHURCH, ) Cause No. ) BISHOP T. LARRY KIRKLAND, ) PRESIDING PRELATE, )
PETITION
 ) WAYMAN AFRICAN METHODIST ) EPISCOPAL CHURCH, and )
JURY TRIAL DEMANDED
 ) FREDERICK MCCULLOUGH, ) )
SERVE:
) ) African Methodist Episcopal Church, Inc. ) Serve:
 
Bishop Gregory G. M. Ingram )
 
3801 Market St., Ste. 300 ) Philadelphia, PA 19104 ) ) The Fifth Episcopal District of the African ) Methodist Episcopal Church ) Serve: Bishop T. Larry Kirkland ) Presiding Prelate ) 4519 Admiralty Way, Suite 205 ) Marina Del Ray, CA 90292 ) ) Bishop T. Larry Kirkland ) Presiding Prelate ) 4519 Admiralty Way, Suite 205 ) Marina Del Ray, CA 90292 ) )
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 2 Wayman African Methodist ) Episcopal Church ) Serve: Rev. Clinton Stancil ) 5010 Cabanne ) St. Louis, MO 63113 ) ) Frederick McCullough ) 2115 Victor St. ) St. Louis, MO 63104 ) ) Defendants. )  ___________________________________ ) Plaintiff, for her Petition against Defendants, alleges as follows:
NATURE OF PETITION
 1. Plaintiff brings this lawsuit in order to hold the Defendants responsible for the injuries they have caused due to the sexual abuse of Plaintiff, by Defendant McCullough, the conduct of the remaining Defendants that allowed the sexual abuse to occur, and the conduct of the remaining Defendant
s in retaliation for Plaintiff’s attempts to seek justice for McCullough’s
sexual abuse.
JURISDICTION AND VENUE
 2. This Court has jurisdiction over the causes of action asserted herein and over the  parties to this action. Plaintiff asserts claims under Missouri common law. 3. Defendants African Methodist Episcopal Church, Inc.; The Fifth Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church; Bishop T. Larry Kirkland; and Wayman African Methodist Episcopal Church (collectively referred t
o herein as the “Church
Defendants
”), among other things, own and
/or operated the Wayman African Methodist Episcopal Church in the City of St. Louis, Missouri
(referred to herein as the “Wayman
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Church”)
, where Defendant McCullough was assigned and where he sexually abused and harassed Plaintiff. 4. The Church Defendants also employed and/or supervised McCullough and assigned him to work at the Wayman Church in the City of St. Louis, Missouri. 5. In addition, the Church Defendants, in the City of St. Louis, Missouri, harassed and intimidated Plaintiff and intentionally caused her severe emotional distress because she opposed and reported
McCullough’s unlawful
 conduct toward her and threatened to take legal action against them. 6. Church Defendants conduct business and/or transact business in Missouri and have obtained the benefits of the laws of the State of Missouri and the benefits of the Missouri location for the Wayman Church and other African Methodist Episcopal Churches. 7. Venue is proper in the City of St. Louis under R.S.Mo. § 508.010 (4) because all or substantially all of the sexual abuse, and some of the retaliation and harassment, that is alleged herein occurred, and Plaintiff was first injured by said conduct, in the City of St. Louis.
PARTIES
 8. Plaintiff Brenda Jones is a resident of the State of Missouri. 9. At all times material, Plaintiff was an Itinerant Elder, teacher, and Associate Minister at Wayman Church and other churches in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, Inc. 10. At all times material, Defendant African Methodist Episcopal Church, Inc., is and has been a not for profit corporation, organized under the laws of the State of Pennsylvania, with its principal place of business and registered office located at 3801 Market Street, Suite 300,
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