Spiritual Leader Profiled by Oprah Accused of Sexual Abuse by 10 Women

A Brazilian spiritual “healer” who was interviewed by Oprah Winfrey in 2013 has been accused of sexual abuse by 10 women, according to a Sunday report from the New York Post. Joao Teixeira de Faria—who goes by the name “John of God”—was accused publicly Saturday night on the Brazilian network Globo TV of abusing the women at a clinic in the state of Goias. A spokesperson for Faria contested the allegations, writing in a statement that “John of God vehemently denies having committed any inappropriate behavior during his treatments.” It remains unclear if the claims will be investigated by prosecutors.