The firm hired by RZIM to investigate allegations of sexual misconduct by Ravi Zacharias has released an interim report, finding “credible evidence” that Zacharias “engaged in sexual misconduct over many years.”
“Some of that misconduct is consistent with and corroborative of that which is reported in the news recently,” the report said, “and some of the conduct we have uncovered is more serious.”
The report was given to the Executive Committee of the RZIM (Ravi Zacharias International Ministries) Board of Directors yesterday and released today.
In a statement posted to RZIM’s website, the executive committee called the misconduct “deeply troubling and wholly inconsistent with the man Ravi Zacharias presented both publicly and privately to so many over more than four decades of publicly ministry.
“We are heartbroken at learning this but feel it necessary to be transparent and to inform our staff, donors, and supporters at this time, even while the investigation continues.”
The statement and interim report come less than two weeks after The Roys Report published a stunning letter by RZIM Apologist Max Baker-Hytch, saying the ministry has lost trust because of its handling of the sex abuse and credentials scandal.
Soon after, Australian author and speaker John Dickson severed ties with RZIM.
And just this week, RZIM leader Carson Weitnauer published a scathing letter, accusing RZIM’s “secretive board and senior leaders” of misleading the staff and public. Similarly, two members of RZIM’s speaking team—Sam Allberry and Daniel Gilman—have publicly criticized RZIM’s leadership and said they believe Zacharias’ alleged victims.
In its update, the firm conducting the investigation, Miller & Martin, said it had interviewed dozens of witnesses, including many massage therapists who treated Zacharias. In addition, the firm said it reviewed “numerous documents and electronic devices used by Mr. Zacharias over the years.”
The firm said it was hired specifically to investigate the sexual harassment alleged to have occurred at two massage spas Zacharias co-owned. Miller & Martin added that it was “given broad discretion . . . to follow leads into other sexual misconduct.”
According to Thompson, no one from Miller & Martin has contacted her.
Thompson also has publicly asked the Zacharias family to release her from a non-disclosure agreement, barring her from speaking about her relationship with Zacharias. But Thompson said the Zacharias family has not released her from that agreement, nor has she had any contact with the family.
In its statement, RZIM’s Executive Committee stated: “We are devastated for those who have suffered from Ravi’s misconduct and for the pain that they are enduring. They have asked for confidentiality and anonymity, and both we and the investigators are committed to honoring their wishes.”
Miller & Martin said they plan to finish their investigation in January or early February.
In its statement today, RZIM pledged to publicly release the Miller & Martin report “as soon as possible after the investigation is complete.”