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"CHARLOTTE, N.C.--Jessica Hahn in a Playboy interview says she was told "you're going to do something tremendous for God" before Jim Bakker and another evangelist forced themselves on her sexually and "ruined my life."
"I am not a bimbo....I am a human being. I was done in. I was hurt," she declared in the interview, which includes topless photos of the 28-year-old former church secretary whose encounter with Bakker led to the PTL evangelist's downfall.
A copy of Playboy's November issue became available Tuesday as Hahn ended two days of testimony before a grand jury investigating alleged financial misconduct at the 2 million evangelical empire, including hush money paid her.
Hahn in the interview said Bakker and evangelist John Wesley Fletcher forced her into having sex with them separately in a Florida hotel room in 1980 and then slyly boasted about it on television later in the day.
"Jim, God really ministered to us today, didn't He?" she quoted Fletcher as telling Bakker during a televised fund-raiser. `Yeah, he really did,"' Bakker was said to have replied.
Hahn's lawyer, Dominic Barbara, declined on Tuesday to say how much she was paid for the Playboy interview, but when asked whether it was as much as million, he replied, "I'm not going to deny million."
The West Babylon, N.Y., woman said that Bakker and Fletcher encountered her in her room, and that Bakker said he was unhappy sexually with his wife, Tammy.
"And John Fletcher said, 'Jessica, you're going to be doing something tremendous for God,"' according to Hahn, who told Playboy she was a virgin and had gone on two dates before meeting Bakker.
Hahn said after Bakker forced her into having sex, Fletcher returned and told her, "You just saved PTL."
Then he tore her clothes off and had sex with her, she said. "Jim Bakker is not going to have you. You are mine," she quoted him as saying.
Hahn said she had agreed to accept 5,000 to keep quiet but broke her silence when Bakker disclosed the encounter in resigning from PTL in March. Barbara said Hahn received ,300 before PTL stopped the payments.
"Two men had me in one day. I hated every second of it and it has ruined my life," she said. "And I took hush money, all right -- money to hush them up."
Bakker has acknowledged having sex with her but claims she was the seducer. He lives in Gatlinburg, Tenn., and has an unlisted phone number.
Referring to Hahn's decision to pose semi-nude and testifying she was victimized, Bakker's attorney, Melvin Belli, said Tuesday, "I think that for a poor, naive young girl, she's learned the ways of the world very fast."
"The poor girl is trying to get another million" dollars, Belli said.
Fletcher has acknowledged introducing Bakker to Hahn, but has not commented on her allegations that he also had sex with her.
A man answering the telephone at the John Wesley Fletcher Evangelistic Association in Oklahoma City said Fletcher would make a statement after testifying today before the federal grand jury here.
Hahn also told Playboy the Rev. Jerry Falwell used her to gain control of PTL, which was placed in his hands by Bakker after his downfall.
"You know I'm no fan of Jim Bakker, but Jim Bakker has also been screwed," Hahn said. "I believe Jerry Falwell just outright screwed him."
At a news conference Tuesday, Falwell, who is struggling to keep control of PTL against Bakker, said Hahn's involvement with Playboy "brings her down unfortunately to the level where Mr. Bakker is."
Chicago Sun-Times - September 1987