Controversial preacher Franklin Graham expands legal action after bid to sue Hydro

Controversial preacher Franklin Graham expands legal action after bid to sue Hydro

A controversial US preacher who is suing the Hydro after his show was cancelled has launched legal action against two other UK venues.

Franklin Graham was due to address crowds at the SEC venue on May 30.

But the Hydro confirmed on January 31 it had axed the event – which came after pressure from its primary shareholder, Glasgow City Council.

Anger had previously been mounting towards Mr Graham from his past comments made about gay rights and Islam, and his support for Donald Trump, despite the US President’s adultery.

We revealed how the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA), who run Mr Graham’s tour events, began legal proceedings against the Clydeside venue.

The BGEA asked Glasgow Sheriff Court to grant an interim order requiring the venue to hold the event.

But on Friday we revealed how Hydro bosses intended to “resist” the request, instead being given a seven-day extension to detail out why they cancelled the event.

The Hydro was not the only venue to cancel the Graham tour – with locations in Liverpool, Newcastle, Sheffield, Birmingham, Newport, Milton Keynes, and London all ­axing their events.

And now, the BGEA have launched legal proceedings against the venues in Sheffield and Newport.

Franklin Graham with President Donald Trump

A statement from the group reads: “In addition to the legal proceedings in Glasgow, BGEA has now filed claims against parties in Sheffield and Wales that it believes were responsible for cancelling its legally binding contracts.

“BGEA’s position remains that in nearly 70 years of public evangelistic outreach ministry, there is no evidence whatsoever that any BGEA event involving Franklin Graham has ever caused a danger to public safety or incited public disorder.

“The actions taken