AUSTIN, Texas - The Texas pastor who sued Whole Foods in April for allegedly writing a gay slur on a cake he bought withdrew his lawsuit on Monday and apologized to the supermarket chain for perpetrating a hoax, KVUE reported.
Openly gay pastor Jordan Brown said in April that he requested a cake from Whole Foods with the phrase "Love Wins" written on it, but when he received his cake there was a homophobic remark added. Brown made the accusation in an Internet video and launched a lawsuit shortly thereafter.
But alert viewers quickly pointed out that the icing style used to write "Love Wins" and the gay slur appeared to differ, and Whole Foods released surveillance video showing the cake being purchased with only "Love Wins" in writing.
"I want to apologize to Whole Foods and its team members for questioning the company's commitment to its values, and especially the baker associate who I understand was put in a terrible position because of my actions," Brown said in a statement.
"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."
Whole Foods filed a countersuit against Brown but told the Austin-American Statesman newspaper it would also drop its suit.