The ex-wife of an anti-gay campaigner against “immorality”, Stephen Green, has accused him of beating her and their children; describing their lives as “like living in a cult”.
Green (60) is the founder of Christian Voice, a fundamentalist Christian group that lobbies against crime, homosexuality, drinking and the breakdown of the family. He has also expressed his support for the proposed death penalty for gay men in Uganda.
He recently appeared on the BBC to rail against Elton John and his partner David Furnish’s decision to raise a surrogate baby.
Now his ex-wife, Caroline, has come forward, telling the Mail on Sunday about an incident in which she was beaten for failing to be “a good wife”.
“He told me he’d make a piece of wood into a sort of witch’s broom and hit me with it, which he did. He hit me until I bled. I was terrified. I can still remember the pain,” she said.
She told the newspaper that she was beaten because, according to her then-husband, “I was disrespectful and disobedient; I wasn’t loving or submissive enough and I was undermining him. He also said I wasn’t giving him his conjugal rights”.
Caroline said that incident finally convinced her to file for divorce.
“Whenever I watch him on TV spouting verses from the Bible, or see him quoted in a newspaper, it turns my stomach. I’ve decided to tell the truth about him now because the people who support him financially and morally should know what he is really like,” she said.
Green has since married a Kenyan woman.