Pastor drops lawsuit against Whole Foods admitting it was all a lie.
The man who accused Whole Foods Market of writing a homophobic slur on a cake will drop a lawsuit against the grocery chain.
“The company did nothing wrong,” Jordan Brown, a pastor of a small Austin church, said in a statement. “I was wrong to pursue this matter and use the media to perpetuate this story.”
Brown had sued Whole Foods on April 18, announcing the lawsuit publicly while flanked by his lawyers. He emotionally told reporters that he had ordered a cake with “Love wins” written in frosting, Brown said. The cake he picked up, he said, had a homophobic slur on it.
Whole Foods fired back almost immediately, releasing surveillance footage of Brown purchasing the cake — evidence, the grocery chain said, showed that Brown was lying. The company filed a counter suit against Brown.
After receiving news that Brown was ending his lawsuit Monday, Whole Foods released a statement saying the company was ending its counter suit and that it was “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,” Whole Foods’ statement said. The company’s counter suit had sought at least $100,000 in damages from Brown.