On Sunday, the minister confessed to the congregation at Highpoint Church in Tennessee that he was involved in a “sexual incident” with then-17-year-old Jules Woodson more than two decades ago.
“As a college student on staff at a church in Texas more than 20 years ago, I regretfully had a sexual incident with a female high school senior in the church.”
His request for forgiveness received a standing ovation from the audience.
Last week, Woodson opened up about her assault in the Christian blog Watch Keep where she says the incident happened when Savage was driving her back home from church.
“He asked me to suck it. I was scared and embarrassed, but I did it. I remember feeling that this must mean that Andy loved me. He then asked me to unbutton my shirt. I did. He started touching me over my bra and then lifted my bra up and began touching my breasts.“
After five minutes, Savage ran out of the vehicle, got down on his knees, and demanded that she not “tell anyone” and “to take this to the grave.”
Although Jules told a pastor about the incident, she was reportedly instructed to keep quiet. Savage left the church weeks later.
Inspired by the #MeToo movement, the victim wrote the religious leader an email in December 2017 with the subject line “Do you remember?” According to CBS News, Savage finally responded on Monday with an apology.
As to why she complied with his sexual requests, Woodson tells the network:
“I did it because I was scared and I was in shock and I didn’t understand what was happening.”
Even though Savage apologized, Woodson says it “does not change the fact that what happened to me was against the law and that it was wrong.”
On Tuesday, Highpoint Church issued a statement saying “there will be additional information from Andy and the church soon.”
WATCH the shocking clip (below):
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