Speakers reject church summit after claims against founder

Updated: Aug. 8, 2018 at 8:31 PM CDT
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SOUTH BARRINGTON, Ill. (AP) - Several speakers have backed out of a suburban Chicago summit after allegations of sexual misconduct against the founder of the megachurch hosting the event.

The Chicago Tribune reports at least five participants, including Oscar winner Denzel Washington, canceled their appearances at the Global Leadership Summit held at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington. In addition, more than 100 churches have called off plans to broadcast the event.

The two-day summit begins Thursday.

Church founder Bill Hybels will not appear at the event. Hybels resigned as leader of the megachurch in April after allegations of misconduct over several decades.

Guests that have appeared at the summit over its 26-year history include Bono, President Bill Clinton and British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

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