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Jim Bakker's former bodyguard said Saturday a PTL employee...

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Jim Bakker's former bodyguard said Saturday a PTL employee told him he had homosexual relations with the ministry's fallen founder to save his job.

'Jim kept hitting on him and he, in his own mind, felt if he turned him down he would be fired,' said Don Hardister, bodyguard and personal aide to Bakker for 11 years.

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'He never told me exactly what happened,' said Hardister, who refused to name the man. 'I don't have the stomach to ask him.'

'I do remember times when his boss wanted to fire him,' he said. 'But Jim said, 'Move him anywhere in the ministry, but you cannot fire him.' Looking back, I say there was a problem there.

'He told me he was not the only one,' Hardister added.

Hardister said at least four former employees have told him they warded off homosexual advances from Bakker.

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'The situations involved Jim trying to touch them,' said Hardister. 'They were obvious advances -- trying to touch them or asking them touch him.'

Hardister, now a spokesman for the PTL, said he has talked with former employes who said, 'He made a pass at me.'

In each case, the former employees resisted the advances of Bakker, Hardister said. But Hardister would not identify any of the men.

'One man said he was at the Bakker's house and was asked to give a massage,' Hardister said the 10-year employee told him. 'Then Jim reached up and grabbed the guy in the crotch. He jumped back. He said after the incident happened he tried to convinced himself it didn't happen.'

Bakker, who turned over leadership of the bankrupt television ministry to the Rev. Jerry Falwell in March, has consistently denied charges of homosexuality.

Bakker and his wife, Tammy Faye, arrived in Gatlinburg, Tenn., Saturday evening after a trip from Palm Springs, Calif., in a white Cadillac, leading a moving van hauling possessions to the couple's mountain chalet.

'Hello, we're here. We finally made it,' Tammy shouted to a chalet caretaker at Gatlinburg.

A source at the chalet said the Bakkers would stay in Gatlinburg several days and then go to Fort Mill, S.C., apparently to remove the couple's possessions from a lake retreat near the PTL complex.

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'Hello, we're here. We finally made it,' Tammy shouted to a chalet caretaker at Gatlinburg.

A source at the chalet said the Bakkers would stay in Gatlinburg several days and then go to Fort Mill, S.C., apparently to remove the couple's possessions from a lake retreat near the PTL complex.

Hardister said he frequently guarded the door to Bakker's posh studio office while the PTL chief met for hours with men. He said he thought the meetings were business meetings, but now believes the meetings were sexual liasons.

'When I was down there in the hall guarding the door, the people had a logical reason for going in there,' Hardister said. 'They weren't grimy people getting off a garbage truck and going in. They were TV people, upper management people. Jim would say 'This is an important meeting and I don't want to be interrupted.'

Hardister admits he is staunchly anti-homosexual and personally had a number of employees fired when he found out they were gay.

'God did not create Adam and Bruce,' Hardister said. He said he is angry that homosexual activity may have occurred while he guarded the door to Bakker's studio office.

'I look pretty stupid, this going on day after day under my nose,' he said. 'One of the guys said to me, 'You were the perfect cover for all of us.' Because nobody would ever link my name to homosexualty.'

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