Question: On Punky Brewster, what was “Punky’s” dog named?
Last Question: In 1987, televangelist Jim Bakker admitted to having an affair with what former church secretary?
Answer: Jessica Hahn
From 1984 to 1987, Bakker and his PTL associates sold $1,000 “lifetime memberships”, which entitled buyers to a three-night stay annually at a luxury hotel at Heritage USA. According to the prosecution at Bakker’s later fraud trial, tens of thousands of memberships had been sold, but only one 500-room hotel was ever completed. A lot of the money went to the operating expenses of Heritage USA, a park owned by Bakker. And Bakker kept $3.4 million in bonuses for himself.
Then attention turned to Jessica Hahn. According to Hahn, on the afternoon of December 6, 1980, when she was a 21-year-old church secretary, she was drugged and raped by Bakker and another preacher, John Wesley Fletcher, for “about 15 minutes.” Bakker still denies the allegation. Hahn was paid $279,000 for her silence.
On March 19, 1987, following the revelation of the payoff, Bakker resigned from PTL.
Bakker was indicted in 1988 on eight counts of mail fraud, 15 counts of wire fraud and one count of conspiracy. In 1989, after a five-week trial which began on August 28 in Charlotte, the jury found him guilty on all 24 counts, and Judge Robert Potter sentenced him to 45 years in federal prison and a $500,000 fine.
Jim and Tammy Bakker were divorced on March 13, 1992. On November 16, 1992, a sentence reduction hearing was held and Bakker’s sentence was reduced to eight years. In August 1993, Bakker was transferred to a minimum security federal prison, and was subsequently granted parole in July 1994, after serving almost five years of his sentence.
In January 2003, Bakker began broadcasting the daily Jim Bakker Show at Studio City Cafe in Branson, Missouri, with his second wife, Lori.
On October 3, 1993, Tammy married Roe Messner. In 1996, she was diagnosed with colon cancer. After an 11 year battle, she died on July 20, 2007.
After the scandal, Jessica Hahn posed for Playboy magazine pictorials and videos and appeared in several television shows, including Married… with Children.
She had a relationship with comedian Sam Kinison and appeared in his music video for “Wild Thing” in 1988.
From 1991, she had a relationship with the co-creator of Married…with Children, Ron Leavitt, which continued until Leavitt’s death in 2008.
Here are the Bakker’s (played by Jan Hooks and Phil Hartman) on “The Church Lady” skit from Saturday Night Live: