The Trinity Broadcast Network (TBN) said Tuesday that a civil lawsuit filed against it by the founders’ granddaughter and the company’s former finance director is “meritless and contrived,” adding more arguments to what has become an epic scandal involving the largest Christian television network.

Brittany B. Koper, granddaughter of TBN founders Paul and Janice Crouch and their company’s former director of finance, has filed a civil lawsuit alleging that the network knew and kept quiet about broad financial inaccuracies benefiting its founders. Koper and her husband, Michael, who formerly managed sales of TBN airtime, allege that the network’s directors have illegally taken advantage of more than $50 million in “charitable assets,” while misleading the IRS and misappropriating millions of dollars of donations from Christians around the world.

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