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‘John of God,’ Brazilian ‘healer’ accused of assaulting more than 300 women, surrenders to police

Brazilian 'spiritual healer' Joao Teixeira de Faria (C), known as 'Joao de Deus' (John of God) is escorted by supporters, upon arrival at his 'healing center' Casa de Dom Inacio de Loyola, in Abadiania, 120 km southwest of Brasilia, state of Goias on December 12, 2018. (EVARISTO SA/AFP/Getty Images)

Joao Teixeira de Faria, a Brazilian “faith healer” who has been accused of sexually abusing more than 300 women, has turned himself into the police.

Per The Telegraph, Teixeira had been placed on Interpol’s wanted list and was considered a fugitive. Teixeira, who goes by the name João de Deus, or “John of God,” is a celebrity in Brazil and beyond, famed for his purported ability to bestow spiritual cures. In 2012, Oprah Winfrey visited his retreat for her series Oprah’s Next Chapter, though footage of that segment has now been removed from YouTube.

The allegations against Teixeira came to light last Saturday, when 13 women appeared on Brazilian television to accuse him of sexual abuse. Brazilian authorities say they have since received more than 355 complaints, many of which follow a similar pattern of alleged assault: unaccompanied women would be invited to private “treatment” sessions with Teixeira, who reportedly then forced them into performing sexual acts.

Among the women to speak out was Teixeira’s daughter, Dalva Teixeira, who said she was beaten and raped by her father until she was 14 years old. She also claims that after she became pregnant by another man, Teixeira beat her until she miscarried.

“None of those women is lying,” his daughter, now 49, said. “I know because I went through it, I suffered.“

Teixeira has denied the allegations against him.

Read the full story at The Telegraph.

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