UPDATED Sept. 12, 2007 – Bishop Thomas W. Weeks III refuses to give up on his marriage without a fight, even though he's accused of attacking his televangelist wife in a hotel parking lot last month.
One of Weeks' lawyers tells The Associated Press that the bishop will contest his wife's petition for divorce, adding that his client's counterclaim may accuse Juanita Bynum of cruel treatment.
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"He has to make a decision about whether he wants to do that, especially given that he would still reconcile with her at this point,'' Randy Kessler, one of the lawyers representing Weeks, said.
Bynum, who is also citing "cruel treatment" as grounds for divorce, says the union is
"irretrievably broken." While Bynum says she loves her husband, AP reports she's finished with what she calls an "abusive marriage" and has given her attorney the go-ahead for divorce proceedings.
Bynum reportedly confessed that she initially thought the routine heated arguments in their marriage were normal.
In a statement released Friday by Weeks' lawyer, Louis Tesser, he said his client wants his marriage with Bynum to work out, Fox 5 in Atlanta reports.
But at news conference last Tuesday, following her recovery from Week's alleged beat down in an Atlanta parking lot last month, the 48-year-old Bynum said she was moving on with her life with the new charge of being "the new face of domestic violence."
Weeks, 40, is accused of beating, stomping, choking and threatening to kill Bynum during an Aug. 21 argument outside a hotel. He has been indicted on felony and misdemeanor charges stemming from the alleged attack that could send him to prison for up to 27 years.
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