A self-proclaimed religion healer is being investigated by police after greater than 200 girls accused him of sexual abuse.
Joao Teixeira de Faria, who makes use of the title Joao de Deus in his apply and is named “John of God”, turned a star after showing on a present hosted by Oprah Winfrey in 2013.
Prosecutors have requested his arrest from a court docket in Abadiania, a small city in central Brazil the place his non secular centre is positioned, a regulation enforcement supply advised Reuters.
The primary accusation was made on tv on Friday by Dutch choreographer Zahira Maus, who stated Faria sexually assaulted her.
Since then, 258 girls – a few of them foreigners – have come ahead accusing Faria of abuse, based on the prosecutors workplace.
The ladies’s accusations towards Faria embody fondling their our bodies, intercourse and making them apply oral intercourse on him whereas he allegedly stated he was possessed by a non secular entity, based on victims interviewed by native media.
Faria has maintained that he’s harmless in his first feedback because the scandal started.
He denied the accusations and stated he would adjust to the regulation.
“Brothers and my expensive sisters, I thank God for being right here. I need to adjust to Brazilian regulation. I’m within the fingers of the regulation. John of God remains to be alive,” he advised reporters on Wednesday.
Winfrey stated that she visited Faria’s centre in 2012 to discover his controversial therapeutic strategies for an episode of Oprah’s Subsequent Chapter that aired the next yr.
“I empathise with the ladies now coming ahead and hope justice is served,” she stated in an announcement.
Faria’s therapeutic centre in Abadiania opened in 1976 and attracted 1000’s of Brazilians and foreigners, however the business has come to a halt because the scandal.
The healer’s fame was boosted by supposedly miraculous surgical procedures he claims to have carried out along with his fingers and with out anaesthesia.