Father Of Ex-House Speaker Defends Son

The father of former Michigan House Speaker Lee Chatfield took to the pulpit to rail against the press and an unnamed enemy, telling congregants “the truth will prevail.”

“You can’t believe everything you read in the newspaper, on the internet, or whatever,” says Rusty Chatfield. “You should know what I’m talking about. You cannot believe that. The truth will come forward, eventually, truth will come forward.”

While never naming his son, Chatfield told congregants at the Northern Michigan Baptist Bible Church that we are all sinners. Lee Chatfield has been accused by his now sister-in-law of sexually assaulting her repeatedly for more than a decade, beginning in 2010 when she was a teenager. He denies the allegations.