Lighthouse Statement on “A Very British Cult”
The BBC’s decision to broadcast, ‘A Very British Cult’ represents a deeply embarrassing and shameful, categoric failure in regards to professional investigative reporting. The BBC have consistently demonstrated a clear and present contempt for accuracy and reporting the truth, as well as an eager willingness to collude in a malicious smear campaign they have been repeatedly informed and warned about. All of this is proved via extensive correspondence and material evidence. This production is a blatant abuse of licence fee payers’ money to further a sensationalised agenda from BBC producers, at the callous expense of innocent people’s reputations, lives, their children, families and livelihoods.
Lighthouse has many times informed the BBC that they are provably supporting individuals who are:
1. Controlling and abusive family members attacking Lighthouse to hide their true character and abuse of our Lighthouse partners, past and present, some of whom are hiding past childhood sexual and psychosexual abuses.
2. Malicious and libellous individuals conducting a smear campaign in order to leverage and force unwarranted refunds. Individuals we can prove have lied repeatedly in the press and to the Secretary of State’s insolvency service.
In their 18 month process of so-called ‘investigations’ into the wild and unfounded allegation that Lighthouse Global (then Lighthouse International Group) is a cult, the BBC made no attempt to interview or try to speak to anyone currently working at Lighthouse until shortly prior to broadcasting. More critical than this, the BBC overtly ignored and avoided multiple offers to engage with and receive extensive and compelling material evidence from Lighthouse that unequivocally refutes, debunks and disproves the malicious myths they are purporting, throughout 2022 and early 2023.
The BBC have also ignored warnings of the threat to life posed by such a program being aired without a full and fair disclosure of facts, due to the fragile mental health of individuals involved on both sides. Two Lighthouse Associates have attempted suicide due to the pressure of this smear campaign and their family members’ being involved in that, plus the BBC’s source, Mr Jeffrey Leigh-Jones, has a history of suicidal thoughts and has also attempted suicide in the past.
Communications with the BBC were initiated firstly by Lighthouse who offered to speak with them in February of 2022 about their investigation but were ignored wholesale. The BBC were again contacted in September of 2022 following a tip off they were interviewing the malicious parties involved in the anti-Lighthouse smear campaign. This email received a blunt one line response. The BBC’s curt elusiveness with regards to open offers for engagement exposes them for more cult-like behaviour than anything that could be said about Lighthouse, who have been more than willing to openly cooperate with them for 14 months, but to almost no avail.
Before airing their ‘documentary’ and podcasts about Lighthouse the BBC have already committed numerous and expensive counts of libel, which they will be held fully and legally accountable for. To only speak to people who hold bitter and resentful grudges against us, or are trying to cover up family abuses, including childhood sexual abuse, is no means to achieve a truthful and balanced documentary. It therefore cannot, in any way, be described as being in the Public Interest.
The material evidence that categorically disproves all claims against Lighthouse and unequivocally discredits their sources, in their own words, has already begun to be publicly released by Lighthouse Global Media, through our docu-series. These are already having a damning effect on the BBC and their source’s credibility in this matter and there is much more yet to come.
It is out of our Christian care and consideration for the BBC and its sources, in order to help prevent them from making this libel situation any worse for themselves, at the licence fee payer’s expense, that we wish to mitigate the damage being done here to all sides. To do this we have listed the first 10 malicious myths the BBC are guilty of reporting as factual, which we will now directly address in terms of their validity while specifying the kinds of evidence that is available to disprove and discredit each of them. Finally, as of early April 2023, just days ahead of the scheduled broadcast of ‘A Very British Cult’, the BBC are open to learning about the full extent of counter evidence in Lighthouse’s possession. This left us at Lighthouse with very little time to put this evidence together which was a very obvious tactic by the BBC.
Lighthouse are also open to those in the media and press interested in conducting a genuine and professional process of discovery with us and into the malicious smear campaign sources in order to achieve a full and fair disclosure of the facts. It is distinctly in the public’s interests that the truth of this malicious smear campaign and those involved in it against Lighthouse, along with the BBC’s failures with regards to impartiality and fair investigation thus far, including covering up abuse in families, is fully exposed.
We at Lighthouse are already working with our lawyers on compensation action for the damage that has already been done to us, to date and across the board, before and after any broadcast has been made. The BBC will be receiving correspondence on this in the next week or so following the work with our lawyers. We understand that friends and family and existing clients of Lighthouse may have questions or concerns and if that’s the case, we encourage you to speak with those you know at Lighthouse for more information on this.