Jim Bakker’s Legal Troubles Grow As Arkansas AG Sues Over Silver Solution Claims
Right Wing Watch reports that the Arkansas Attorney General’s office announced on June 17 that it is suing television evangelist Jim Bakker for consumer fraud.
In February, Bakker along with guest Sherrill Sellman promoted a colloidal silver solution as a potential cure to COVID-19.
Bakker asked, “You’re saying silver solution would be effective?”
Sellman answered, “Well, let’s say it hasn’t been tested on this strain of the coronavirus, but it’s been tested on other strains of the coronavirus and has been able to eliminate it in twelve hours… deactivates it.”
- Right Wing Watch reported on the claim in February. Afterward, the New York Attorney General’s office warned Bakker to stop “making misleading claims” about the product.
- The Food and Drug Administration and the Federal Trade Commission both ordered Bakker to “immediately cease making all such claims” about the silver solution’s efficacy.
- The office of Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt also sued Bakker for “misrepresentations about the effectiveness of ‘Silver Solution’ as a treatment for 2019 novel coronavirus.”
- On June 17, Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced that her office is also suing Bakker for these misrepresentations.
- The office noted that Bakker falsely claimed on his show that the silver solution is “proven by the government to have the ability to kill every pathogen it has ever been tested on, including SARS and HIV.”
Jim Bakker has exploited Arkansas consumers by leveraging COVID-19 fears to sell over $60,000 worth of their products that do nothing to fight the virus… This is a consumer fraud case, and I urge any Arkansans who have experience with these false advertisements claiming silver to be a COVID-19 cure to immediately call my office.