Last month, an Austin-based openly gay pastor accused Whole Foods of icing a gay slur on a cake he ordered from the local grocer. And so Pastor Jordan Brown filed suit.
Monday, Brown apologized to Whole Foods and his attorney for his allegations:
Today I am dismissing my lawsuit against Whole Foods Market. The company did nothing wrong. I was wrong to pursue this matter and use the media to perpetuate this story. I want to apologize to Whole Foods and its team members for questioning the company’s commitment to its values, and especially the bakery associate who I understand was put in a terrible position because of my actions. I apologize to the LGBT community for diverting attention from real issues. I also want to apologize to my partner, my family, my church family, and my attorney.
Whole Foods, too released a statement:
We’re very pleased that the truth has come to light. Given Mr. Brown’s apology and public admission that his story was a complete fabrication, we see no reason to move forward with our counter suit to defend the integrity of our brand and team members.
Brown originally alleged he ordered a cake from Whole Foods that said “Love Wins” and did not realize until he purchased the cake and returned to his vehicle that the written in blue icing were the words “Love Wins Fag”.
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