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New docuseries to explore Hillsong Church scandal surrounding ex-pastor Carl Lentz

by Kelly Valencia
Photo Credit: Facebook/ Hillsong Church NYC - Banner image
Photo Credit: Facebook/ Hillsong Church NYC

US streaming service, Discovery+ has announced it will produce a docuseries looking into the Hillsong church scandal surrounding former pastor Carl Lentz. 

Last year, Lentz was made redundant from NYC Hillsong church after he admitted he had been unfaithful to his wife. 

"When you lead out of an empty place, you make choices that have real and painful consequences. I was unfaithful in my marriage, the most important relationship in my life and held accountable for that. This failure is on me, and me alone and I take full responsibility for my actions." Lentz said at the time. 

Together with Breaklight Pictures and The New York Post, "Breaking Hillsong" will dive viewers into the details of Lentz's downfall, helped by investigations made by journalist Hannah Frishberg.  

"Drawing on Frishberg's articles as source material, 'Breaking Hillsong' will chronicle the headline-making world of Hillsong, with exclusive, never-before-seen interviews, including Ranin Karim, the New York-based fashion designer whose five-month affair with Lentz led to his downfall," Discovery+ said in a statement. 

In its first interview since the scandal broke, Hillsong founder Brian Houston admitted last May that there were "leadership issues" with Lentz that included lying and a "narcissistic behaviour". 

According to Discovery+, the series will profile "current and ex-members of the church who have come forward to share harrowing stories of trauma, abuse, financial and labour exploitation, homophobia and racism that created a culture of chaos at Hillsong."

The docuseries will also look into "the greater phenomenon of corruption within megachurches". 

The release date has not yet been confirmed.

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