JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced Tuesday his office has filed a lawsuit against Jim Bakker and Morningside Church Productions “for misrepresentations about the effectiveness of ‘Silver Solution’ as a treatment for 2019 novel coronavirus.”
In a press release sent by Schmitt’s office, it says the lawsuit alleges the Jim Bakker Show aired the claim that a product labeled “Silver Solution” can cure the coronavirus.
Bakker and guest Sherill Sellman presented the product on the show, which aired nationwide.
“This influenza, which is now circling the globe, you’re saying that Silver Solution would be effective,” Bakker asked.
“Well, let’s say it hasn’t been tested against this strain of the coronavirus, but it’s been tested on other strains of the coronavirus and has been able to eliminate it within 12 hours,” Sellman responded.
According to the release, the broadcast and representations made on Bakker’s website induced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the New York Attorney General’s Office to issue a cease and desist letter to the Jim Bakker Show.
The letter directed Bakker to stop making claims about the “Silver Solution” that is not “supported by competent and reliable scientific evidence,” the release said.
“The letter from the FDA advises that currently, there are no vaccines, pills, potions or other prescription or over-the-counter products to treat or cure coronavirus disease,” according to the release.
Schmitt’s office said anyone who bought the product from the show should know it cannot cure or treat the coronavirus.
“Jim Bakker and Morningside Church Productions has an opportunity, in a pretty short timeframe, to answer certainly the allegations that we’ve made and it’d be our hope that they no longer represent that this “Silver Solution” can cure the coronavirus,” Schmitt said in an interview with Ozarks First
The lawsuit requests a temporary restraining order and permanent injunction ordering Bakker to stop selling the product as a cure or treatment for the coronavirus.
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