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, is digging deeper into the Jessica Hahn sex scandal that caused the collapse of a multi-million dollar televangelist empire.
In the '80s, Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker rose to fame with their successful TV ministry PTL (Praise the Lord) Club.
The program was later titled learned that a massive sum was paid to Hahn to keep her quiet after she was allegedly raped by Jim in a hotel room in 1980 when she was just 21-years-old.
Jim would later admit to having sex with Hahn but contended that it was consensual.
The sex scandal was only the tip of the iceberg in regards to the wrongdoings committed by the Bakker's., Shepard speaks out about the shocking fall of the Bakker TV ministry.
According to Shepard, he was first tipped off by Hahn herself.
“I fielded this call from someone who turned out to be Jessica Hahn telling us that something had happened between her and Jim Bakker,” Shepard said.
Hahn claimed that Jim pinned her down in a Tampa, Florida hotel room for an hour and repeatedly said to her: "By helping the shepherd, you're helping the sheep." While working on the story, Shepard claimed that he was threatened by PTL management several times.
“I remember very vividly being in his office, and he pulling a handgun out of his pocket and dropping it on the desk, kind of in front of me, as if to let me know who is in charge and I better be well-behaved,” Shepard said.
Shepard's discovery was enough to prompt law enforcement officials to take notice and further investigate the allegations.
After the bombshell news that Jim paid Hahn to keep her quiet for an alleged rape, deeper investigation into him and his ministry uncovered that he had also been siphoning church funds.
Jim had defrauded his churchgoers out of 8 million.
It was later uncovered that the ministry had paid for almost everything.
The Bakkers even used $100,000 of the ministry's money to charter a private jet to merely collect clothes from their North Carolina home, according to The disgraced pastor was found guilty on 24 counts of fraud and was originally sentenced to a 45-year prison sentence in 1989.