Haggard HBO Doc Premieres Tonight

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Former Evangelical pastor Ted Haggard has a new job these days, making the media publicity rounds to promote a new HBO documentary about him scheduled to air Thursday night.

Two years ago, Haggard resigned as senior pastor of the New Life Church in Colorado Springs after admitting to a relationship with a male prostitute.

Hitting The Publicity Circuit

On Wednesday, Haggard appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show to promote the documentary. He affirmed his belief in the Bible and his commitment to his marriage.

Haggard said for many years he was unable to find a way to talk with other believers about his sexual struggles.

"When I tried to talk about this to one degree or another there was a major reaction," he explained. "At one time, I spoke to one of the Christian leaders and he said, 'You just need to work more at the church. Be more busy at the church.'"

Haggard's wife, Gayle also told Winfrey and the audience that she knew for years about her husband's struggles with same-sex attraction. He had told her early in their marriage that he had "struggled with some thoughts."

"I felt it was the thing that could destroy Ted if he gave in to it," she said. "So I prayed for him and I felt as though he was winning the battle."

Mrs. Haggard said she was shocked when the man who had been her husband for 30 years first told her the truth about the allegations against him.

"The first words out of my mouth were, 'Who are you?'" she said.

Haggard and his wife have appeared on several television shows this week promoting the documentary's premiere. They have appeared for interviews with CNN, The Oprah Winfrey Show and ABC's Good Morning America. They will both appear on CNN's "Larry King Live" tonight.

More Allegations Open Old Wounds

Other allegations against Haggard also surfaced in 2006, when a young volunteer told New Life Church officials that then-pastor Haggard performed a sex act in front of him in a hotel room and also sent him thousands of explicit text messages.

The man sued the church two years ago, and the church settled out of court. The six-figure settlement paid for the the man's college tuition and counseling on the condition that he would not speak publicly about the relationship.

New Life's current senior pastor suggested this that the former volunteer would not have come forward if an HBO documentary on Haggard were not set to air this week.

The documentary, The Trials of Ted Haggard, premieres tonight on the pay cable channel. It was produced by Alexandra Pelosi, daughter of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Sources: CBN News, The Associated Press

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