The pastor who claimed he bought a Whole Foods cake that had a homophobic slur written on it has decided to drop his lawsuit against the company . The company has announced it will not move forward with its counter suit.
Pastor Jordan Brown, who is gay, is a pastor of The Church of Open Doors, an LGBT welcoming congregation in Austin.
Whole Foods called Brown's accusations "fraudulent" and released surveillance video from the day that Brown had bought the cake. It said that it planned on taking legal action against Brown.
On May 16, Brown released a statement to the media saying he is dropping the lawsuit. Brown said Whole Foods did "nothing wrong" and apologized for his actions. His full statement is below:
Today I am dismissing my lawsuit against Whole Foods Market. The company did nothing wrong. I was wrong to pursue this matter and use the media to perpetuate this story. I want to apologize to Whole Foods and its team members for questioning the company’s commitment to its values, and especially the bakery associate who I understand was put in a terrible position because of my actions. I apologize to the LGBT community for diverting attention from real issues. I also want to apologize to my partner, my family, my church family, and my attorney.
Shortly after Whole Foods released its own statement saying it would not move forward with its intended counter suit.
We're very pleased that the truth has come to light. Given Mr. Brown's apology and public admission that his story was a complete fabrication, we see no reason to move forward with our counter suit to defend the integrity of our brand and team members.