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Update: James Fortune issues statement on child abuse lawsuit [Details]

James Fortune
HOUSTON, June 27, 2012 — /PRNewswire/ — The following is a statement from James Fortune.

“Several months ago I received a demand for payment from my stepson’s father for an injury to my stepson that occurred in 2001. In the midst of negotiating a settlement regarding that injury, I was served with a lawsuit and now my wife and I are defending ourselves in civil court. At no time in my life was I convicted of felony injury to a child. Following my step-son’s injury, there was a criminal investigation and all matters were resolved. Since that time, my family and I, including my stepson, have maintained a continuous loving family environment. Although his father has maintained custody, Cheryl and I have enjoyed continuous uninterrupted open visitations with my step-son since 2001.

“We are shocked by this lawsuit but understand people are free to use the court system to pursue matters, whether or not the claims are baseless. We are confident through this process, the ultimate decision maker will render an outcome that is just and fair. We believe in our American justice system and know that once all facts are made transparent justice will prevail in our favor.

“This lawsuit is a direct result of our desire to continue the uninterrupted love, commitment and financial support as well as to protect the ongoing wellbeing while enhancing the current living conditions of our son. We have given our stepson who is currently in our care during his summer break continuous support and understand these allegations are a direct result of not only our increased profile and financial viability but an individuals desire to exploit such.

“We intend to vehemently defend our right to protect our family while maintaining the character integrity and trusted core values the Fortune family has been blessed to exemplify. Out of respect to the legal process and the continued positive environment we desire to maintain for my stepson this will be my only statement regarding this matter.”

Gospel Singer James Fortune sued for child abuse

James Fortune and wife
Gospel singer and songwriter, James Fortune, is being sued for burning his 4-year-old stepson in 2001 and leaving him permanently disfigured, according to a civil lawsuit filed against him and his wife Cheryl.

The $5-million lawsuit, from the boy’s biological father Roderick Davenport, alleges that Fortune violently punished the child for misbehaving in pre-school.

According to the lawsuit, Fortune picked up his wife Cheryl‘s son from preschool. When the teacher told Fortune that the child misbehaved, he allegedly became infuriated. Fortune reportedly yelled and berated the child for his bad behavior, put him time out, then prepared a scalding bath for him.

The lawsuit, which also names Cheryl, contends that Fortune then demanded that the little boy remove his clothing so that he could “whip the child with a switch.” The man then forcefully submerged the boy in extremely hot water and held him down.

The boy sustained second- and- third-degree burns over 47 percent of his body.

The child’s injuries were so extensive that he had to be flown to two hospitals for treatment. The young boy remained at a hospital in Galveston, Texas, for 63 days, where he received various skin grafts for his hands, buttocks, genitals, and legs.

The “numerous” skin graft operations that he received has left him “permanently disfigured.”

In 2003, Fortune pled guilty to felony injury to a child and received 6-years deferred adjudication.
Fortune, in a statement, claims the lawsuit is a result of his “increased profile and financial viability” and “an individual’s desire to exploit such.” Davenport claims it is to pay for surgery the boy, now 15-years-old.

Besides being a recording artist, Fortune is a songwriter and producer. He and his group Fiya have received multiple Stellar Awards and are recognized for their songs “I Believe” and “I Trust You.”

Fans have been leaving several messages of disappointment on his facebook page. Many are questioning his wife Cheryl’s decision to stay with him after the tragic incident.