A recent article in World magazine gives the false impression that I, a married man, had an affair with a woman Denise Joseph at a Christian conference in Charlotte, N.C.  The article alleges that I shared a hotel room with her and introduced her as my fiancé.  Finally it states that I filed for divorce only on the day I was confronted about my conduct by intrepid reporter Warren Smith.  Here are the facts:

1. My wife Dixie and I have been separated for two years. Dixie approached me and demanded this [a separation] before I came to King’s College to become its president in late August 2010.  I informed the chairman of the college about this at the time.  I also informed the reporter who wrote the World article, Warren Smith, but he deliberately left it out of his piece, even though it is entirely relevant to the context.

2. I met Denise three months ago.  We are not and have not been having an affair.  Nor did we share a hotel room in Charlotte.  Smith did not even ask me about this.  Instead, Smith apparently deployed conference organizer Alex McFarland to call and raise the issue with me.

I clearly told McFarland that Denise and I stayed in separate rooms. McFarland knew he didn’t have what he wanted, because he subsequently called me back and asked me again.  I realized McFarland may be fronting for Smith, so I told him I didn’t have any further comment.  I’m not sure whether McFarland is lying or Smith is lying, but one of them made up the quotation attributed to me that we stayed in the same room but “nothing happened.”  This is pure libel.

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