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Brian Houston, the founder of Hillsong church, has been charged with drink-driving in the US.
The 64-year-old Australian pastor was arrested in California on Wednesday and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.
Houston, who stepped down as the leader of Hillsong in 2018, is said to have been pulled over by police after being spotted driving erratically. He had a blood alcohol level of 0.08 percent, which is above the legal limit of 0.05 percent in the state.
Houston was released from jail after posting a $15,000 bail and is due to appear in court on April 27.
Hillsong, which has hundreds of churches worldwide, has had a tumultuous few years. In 2015, Houston and his father, Frank Houston, were accused of covering up child sexual abuse allegations against Frank in the 1970s.
In 2017, Houston was publicly reprimanded by the Australian Christian Churches for failing to properly handle the allegations against his father.
In 2018, Houston resigned as Hillsong’s global senior pastor amid a series of financial scandals.
Houston is one of the most famous figures in the global Christian movement and his arrest has come as a shock to many of his followers.
It is yet to be seen how the arrest will affect Houston’s career and the future of Hillsong.