Source: BBC News
A dozen women have come forward in Brazil to accuse a prominent self-styled spiritual healer of sexually abusing them at his clinic.
Joao Teixeira de Faria – known as “Joao of God” – is based in the town of Abadiania but has followers worldwide.
A Dutch photographer, Zahira Leeneke Maus, told Globo TV that he had manipulated her into performing sex acts and then raped her.
In a statement to Globo, Mr Faria’s office strongly denied the allegations.
It said the 76-year-old had used his powers to treat thousands of people, and “vehemently rejects (allegations of) any improper practice during his treatments”.