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Houston, TX — James Fortune has issued the following statement:


I recently became aware of a civil suit pending against my wife, Cheryl Fortune and I, for an incident that occurred in 2001 involving my stepson. There was a criminal investigation and all matters were resolved in 2003. Since that time, my family and I, including my stepson, have continued with family traditions and always have a loving family environment.

We are shocked by this lawsuit but understand people are free to use the court system to pursue claims, whether they contain merit or baseless matters. We are confident through this process, if it proceeds to a judge or jury, the ultimate decision maker will render a decision that is favorable to the circumstances and timing surrounding this situation. We believe in our American justice system and know it will work for us as it has for millions of other Americans.


I love all my children, including my stepson, and I ask for your prayers as we deal with this matter privately.


Thank you for your continued support for me, my family, and ministry.”


It was on Monday when, My Fox Houston reported disturbing about one of Gospel Music’s brightest stars, James Fortune and his wife Cheryl.


According to the news source, Fortune and his wife are being sued for alleged child abused of Cheryl’s son and James step-son.  The abuse is said to have taken place in 2001.  While details are still hitting the surface, it was in 2003 when James pled guilty to felony injury to a child and received six years deferred adjudication, however now more than ten years later, the couple is NOW being sued for five million dollars, by the child’s father. 

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