Rev. Jamal Bryant breaks silence amid allegations that he fathered a son last year

The Rev. Jamal Bryant has released a video in apparent response to allegations that he fathered a son in July 2015.

The video comes on the heels of a May 5 Obnoxious Television report about a woman who claims her son's father is Bryant, who leads Baltimore's Empowerment Temple.


Last week, Bryant released a five-minute video. Bryant said he couldn't address specific claims in depth for legal reasons, but that "when there is something to be said, you will hear it directly from me."

"Over the last week, a lot has been said, a lot has been suggested and, like you, I was thrown into a tailspin. I had to shut down for a minute so that my response would not be that of a man but be priestly as a man of God," Bryant said in the video. "To that end, let me say to you, I am one of those rare people who are flawed with character, that with all of my issues, I don't run from them but I stand right next to them."

Bryant then mentioned his divorce nine years ago from "The Real Housewives of Potomac" star Gizelle Bryant.

"I went through a divorce and claimed all of it as my responsibility," he said. "The worst mistake you can ever make is to repeat that exact same mistake."

Bryant, who was reached via Twitter on Thursday morning, told The Baltimore Sun that he was in Africa and referred interview scheduling to his publicist. His publicist did not immediately respond to The Sun's request.

Bryant, the charismatic, influential pastor at the Empowerment Temple in Northwest Baltimore, has been a fixture in the city's social and political landscape.

The Democrat, who heads the Baltimore mega-church, announced in September that he intended to run for the U.S. House seat held by Rep. Elijah E. Cummings. At the time, Bryant argued that the city needed new leadership in Washington. Eight days later he bowed out of the campaign for Congress saying that his church was his first priority.

Bryant has also been visible during demonstrations in response to the death of Freddie Gray.


In September, Leslie McSpadden, mother of Michael Brown, who was killed by police in Missouri, and Michael Brown Sr., his father, were guests at Bryant's church. Bryant invited the family to speak about fighting peacefully against police brutality.

Bryant, a former NAACP youth director who has traveled to Florida to speak out against the death of Trayvon Martin, has also been supportive of the Martin family throughout their grieving process.