became a media sensation when it was revealed that Jim Bakker had sex with a former
church secretary, Jessica Hahn.
encounter apparently occurred in 1980, in a Florida hotel room. Bakker allegedly
paid $350,000 to her to secure her silence, but when this became public the story
already a local radio personality, became a big celebrity and featured prominently
on the Howard Stern Show.
fall from grace was catastrophic. By 1986, he had built up one of the most popular,
religious based, media cable companies, and a 2,200 acre resort which came third
only to Disney World and Disneyland in terms of attendance numbers.
Bakker was sentenced to 45 years in prison, which was reduced to 8 years.