Pastor in Whole Foods cake fight faces lawsuit over student debt
The pastor involved ina legal fight with Whole Foods Marketover a cake with an anti-gay slur written on it also faces a separate lawsuit that accuses him of defaulting on about $28,000 in student loans.
Jordan Brown, a gay pastor at the Church of Open Doors in Austin,filed a lawsuit on Monday against Whole Foods, accusing the Austin-based grocery chain of writing an anti-gay slur on a cake he ordered from the flagship store on Lamar Boulevard earlier this month. The suit, filed by Brown’s attorney Austin Kaplan, requests a jury trial and seeks unspecified damages and monetary relief for mental anguish, court costs and other expenses.
Whole Foods on Tuesday filed a counter-suit against Brown, saying store officials investigated Brown’s allegation and determined that he made fraudulent claims. Whole Foods also released a video that it said refutes part of Brown’s claim.
Six weeks before Brown started his legal battle with Whole Foods, court records show, he was sued for allegedly defaulting on his college loans.