Jeremiah Cummings Blames His Misfortune on HBO Host Bill Maher's 2008 Film 'Religulous'

The parishioners, Elsie Carter and Rodney-Daryl Jones, claim in the suit filed in Wake County that Cummings stole at least $400,000 from members of the ministry for his "personal use."

Cummings, who says he has not been served with paperwork to appear in court, called Carter and Jones' allegations "false" and accuses them of suing him for money they thought he'd get in a settlement with Lionsgate.

"I think it was done basically to continue to defame me and discredit me as a person," said Cummings. "These folks thought I was going to get a settlement."

Reached by phone at her Raleigh home, Carter said "No" when asked if she sued Cummings in hopes that she would get some of the money he had requested from Lionsgate.

Today, Cummings says he regrets ever going to North Carolina, a decision he said led to him having to contemplate filing for bankruptcy and worrying how to feed his family.

"I need to start thinking about food stamps," said Cummings.

"The biggest mistake I ever made was going to Raleigh," he said. "I should have remained out on the road and kept going as an evangelist, teaching people about faith."

"I want my life back."

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