Grammy-nominated Gospel Singer, James Fortune Assaults Wife, Gets 5 Years Probation –
FORT BEND COUNTY (KTRK) — It’s a story Eyewitness News has been following closely for a year and a half.
Grammy-nominated gospel singer and Houston native James Fortune is apologizing to his fans and his family after pleading guilty to assaulting his wife.
Eyewitness News reports: Fortune received five days in jail, five years of probation and 175 hours of community service. Some critics call it a slap on the wrist. But others say the bigger picture here is that ‘church folks’ are talking about domestic violence, and facing the fact that the church is not immune.
Two days after he refused to answer questions from Eyewitness News, James Fortune posted a public apology on Instagram. Part of his apology says: “Despite the accusations and media embellishments, I am not a supporter of domestic violence.”
Prosecutors say he hit his wife with a vanity stool, kicked her and threw her against a wall in their Stafford home in October 2014.
Some believe his case shines a light on something the religious community tries to ignore.
This isn’t the first time James Fortune has been involved in domestic abuse. Recall the 2001 incident when Fortune phoned 911 stating, his 4 year old stepson burned himself in a scalding hot tub of water. Later, the child’s biological father filed a lawsuit against Fortune claiming Fortune placed the child in the hot water as a form of discipline for the child coloring on a table at school.
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