Leona Kimes and her husband moved from Australia to New York City about a decade ago to help open the NYC branch of the Hillsong Church, per NBC News. During that time, she took a job working as a nanny for the Lentz family. She accused Carl Lentz of manipulation, control, bullying, abuse of power, and sexual abuse during her time as an employee. She claims that the abuse started out with things like changing her schedule without asking her so she’d be working from 7 am. to 11 p.m., eventually alleging that it escalated to him inappropriately looking at her body while she was swimming with his wife and kids at their home.
Kimes wrote on Medium, “While he never had intercourse with me and never kissed me, I was physically violated by his unwanted and repeated sexual touching of my intimate areas. … I froze. Every time, I froze.”