Five directors at Feed The Children reveal in court papers they were kicked off the charity’s board in December because they planned to put President Larry Jones on indefinite sabbatical.
A judge Monday reinstated the five longtime directors but ruled they can’t take action against Jones yet or do anything else out of the ordinary. Another hearing is set for March 5.
Oklahoma County District Judge Patricia Parrish ordered the reinstatement because she said the charity’s bylaws weren’t followed. She invalidated the election of five new directors, all pastors.
"I may be completely wrong, but that will be my ruling,” the judge said.
The judge also made public court records that had been filed under seal. She said she saw no reason to keep them secret.
The sometimes controversial charity is widely known because of Jones’ emotional televised appeals for donations and the frequent involvement of celebrities.
It is based in Oklahoma City and raised more than $1 billion in cash and goods last fiscal year, according to the court papers.
The ousted directors sued Jan. 30.
"Seeing that his days of free-wheeling dominance over FTC were numbered and seeing that certain actions he had taken to the detriment of FTC were about to be exposed, Larry Jones ... made a desperate power move,” they allege in court papers. "He secretly, hand-selected new purported ... directors who would be friendly to him. In short, Mr. Jones decided to ‘pack the board’ in his favor. Then, he only involved certain members of the actual board to a dinner party to discuss .