The late Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias has been accused of sexually harassing several women, prompting Ravi Zacharias International Ministries to launch an investigation into the recent claims.
Zacharias has been accused of inappropriately touching, exposing himself, and masturbating in front of three women who worked at a two day spas he co-owned. The incidents allegedly occurred between 2005 and 2010, according to Christianity Today.
One of the women claimed that Zacharias would masturbate in front of her. She said he did this at least 50 times and that he insisted he was burdened by his ministry.
"He would expose himself every time, and he would touch himself every time," another woman claimed," adding that a private massage room "was where he went to get what he wanted sexually."
Claims by one of the women included him touching her lower back and sliding his hand down her pants or touching her on the side and sliding his hand up to her breast.
"He would touch my leg, which was kind of by his hand, but then he would run his hand up to the middle of my thighs and then to the private area," another recalled.
The women independently reported the incidents, and one of the women said that she did not even consider speaking out against Zacharias until news broke in 2017 that he had allegedly solicited explicit photos from a Canadian woman.
Zacharias denied accusations made by Lori Anne Thompson in 2017 of soliciting explicit images from her. He then sued Thompson, saying that she and her husband were trying to extort him. According to Relevant Magazine, Zacharias did admit to having an online relationship with Thompson. He also said that he did receive explicit photos from her, but they were not solicited.
In settling with Thompson, Zacharias asked her to sign a non-disclosure agreement. However, since his death, Thompson has been trying to get out of the agreement.
RZIM denied that the claims were true, insisting that the claims "do not in any way comport with the man we knew for decades," the organization said in a statement to Christianity Today. However, the ministry has hired an independent law firm "with experience investigating such matters" to look into the allegations.