Missouri sues televangelist Jim Bakker for selling fake coronavirus cure

Missouri is suing for misrepresentations about the effectiveness of “Silver Solution” as a treatment for 2019 novel coronavirus.

Eric Sykes
March 12, 2020 - 12:49 pm
Jim Bakker (center) and his wife, Lori, laugh with their guest Mark Gungor.

(Photo by Emily Rasinski/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/MCT/Sipa USA)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo (KMOX) -- The state of Missouri is suing long-time televangelist Jim Bakker for allegedly claiming that the product he sells could cure coronavirus.

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced that his office has filed a lawsuit against Jim Bakker and Morningside Church Productions, Inc. for misrepresentations about the effectiveness of “Silver Solution” as a treatment for 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Jim Bakker and guest Sherill Sellman, who claims to be a “naturopathic doctor,” allegedly claimed on a February 12, 2020 episode of his show that the product "Silver Solution" could cure coronavirus.

“This influenza that is now circling the globe, you’re saying that silver solution would be effective,” he said to naturopathic doctor Sherrill Sellman.

“Well, let’s say it hasn’t been tested on this strain of the coronavirus, but it has been tested on other strains of the coronavirus and has been able to eliminate it within 12 hours. Totally eliminate it, kills it. Deactivates it. And it boosts your immune system so then you can support the recovery, ‘cause when you kill the virus then the immune system comes into action to clear it out, so you want a vibrant immune system as well as an ability to deactivate these viruses,” Sellman claimed.

Earlier, the New York Attorney General's Office, along with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a cease and desist letter to the Jim Bakker Show, directing Bakker to cease making claims about the product that are not supported by competent and reliable scientific evidence. 

The letter from the FDA stated that currently, there are no vaccines, pills, potions or other prescription or over-the-counter products to treat or cure coronavirus disease.

The announcement from Missouri AG Schmitt stated that "anyone who has bought 'Silver Solution' from the Jim Bakker Show should know that it cannot cure or treat coronavirus."

The lawsuit filed this morning by Missouri AG Schmitt requests a restraining order and permanent injunction ordering Bakker to stop selling Silver Solution as a treatment for coronavirus.

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