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Oprah Helped Bring Him Fame. Now, Serious Allegations - Page 2

Brazilian faith healer 'John of God' accused of sexual abuse by hundreds of women
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 17, 2018 11:00 AM CST

  • The Oprah angle: The coverage on his arrest is pretty uniformly calling out the fact that Oprah featured him on an episode in 2010, which gave him a big boost in terms of exposure. She subsequently went to see him in 2012 to film an episode of Oprah's Next Chapter. It aired in 2013, and she described watching Faria operate on a woman with breast cancer and being physically moved. "Tears of gratitude started to flow. Gratitude for the whole journey of my life—not just everything that had gone right, but the things that had not."
  • The allegations: On Dec. 7, four women appeared on Brazil's TV Globo to make their claims. Three did so anonymously. Dutch choreographer Zahira Lieneke Mous (also reported as Zahira Leeneke Maus) revealed herself and recounted an alleged rape and a session in which she was made to masturbate him. The New York Times reports she'd seen Oprah's piece on him and heard of him from a friend, and decided to seek treatment from him four years ago for trauma tied to a prior sexual assault. After the program aired, women began contacting police in droves to recount their own claims of abuse.
  • His daughter: Dalva Teixeira numbers among those accusing Faria, her father—"a monster," she says. The AP reports that she alleges she was abused and raped from ages 10 to 14, and that when one of his employees impregnated her, the beating Faria gave her caused a miscarriage.
  • What Oprah is saying now: Her statement to the Times: "I went to Brazil in 2012 to tape an episode of Oprah's Next Chapter that explored the controversial healing methods of John of God. The episode aired in 2013. I empathize with the women now coming forward and hope justice is served."
  • The geo-context: The Times frames Faria as potentially the first #MeToo casualty in Brazil, noting the movement "so far has reverberated relatively little" there.
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