The openly gay pastor who sued Whole Foods over the claim that one of the supermarket chain's stores sold him a cake with an anti-gay slur on it was reportedly sued in relation to an entirely different situation just a few weeks before the cake debacle, KXAN-TV reported.
According to the text of a lawsuit that the outlet claims to have received from the Travis County Clerk’s Office, Pastor Jordan Brown of Church of Open Doors in Austin, Texas, purportedly defaulted on a $27,000 student loan from his time studying at Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania from 2007-2008.
The lawsuit was filed by a student loan trust on March 11, 2016, multiple outlets reported.
Brown and his attorneys at the Kaplan Law Firm have not yet commented about the claim surrounding the pastor's student loans, nor have they issued a statement about a contentious counter suit that was filed by Whole Foods over the cake dispute.
As TheBlaze previously reported, Whole Foods has fervently pushed back against the claim that one of its locations sold a cake that read "Love Wins Fag," calling the allegation “fraudulent” and offering up security footage that the company believes corroborates its stance.
The cake battle began after Brown alleged that he recently ordered a cake with the words “Love Wins” on it, but said that the final product ended up also including the word "fag."
Brown decided to take action, turning to the Kaplan Law Firm in Austin to bring his grievance to the courts, with a press release from the pastor’s attorney and an accompanying video featuring the cake in question quickly gaining widespread attention.
Watch Brown's initial video about the cake in question below:
Whole Foods quickly spoke out against the claim and issued a detailed rebuke, announcing that the company would countersue both Brown and his lawyer. According to Fox News, Whole Foods is seeking $100,000 in damages.
“Mr. Brown admits that he was in sole possession and control of the cake until he posted his video, which showed the UPC label on the bottom and side of the box,” the statement continued. “After reviewing our security footage of Mr. Brown, it’s clear that the UPC label was in fact on top of the cake box, not on the side of the package. This is evident as the cashier scans the UPC code on top of the box.”
The company published the security footage that purportedly shows the location of the UPC label, though it is difficult to see specific details. Watch it below:
In his initial video, Brown maintained that he had not opened the cake, saying, ”It’s still sealed. I have not opened this box yet. … This is discrimination.”
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