Riverside Church pastor set to receive at least $500K payout after sex toy scandal

New York Post | 7/12/2019 | Staff
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Riverside Church’s outgoing female pastor is set to receive an exit package worth at least half a million dollars — after leaving her job amid allegations she bought an employee an unwanted $200 vibrator while on a work trip, The Post has learned.

The Rev. Dr. Amy Butler — who made $250,000 a year as the first woman to lead the historic congregation — will leave with 12 months’ salary, a six-month housing allowance worth $48,000 and annual retirement contributions of $59,000 for three years, according to her contract.

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An email sent by the chair of the church council and seen by The Post says Butler will also get a $100,000 “separation payment”– which would take her golden handshake to a total of $594,530, when including her unused vacation payout and the $10,000 tab for her lawyer’s fees.

According to the emails, the church council voted to approve the agreement — although one employee raised concerns about the large sum blowing out the house of worship’s operating budget, which covers payroll.

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Riverside Church has until July 31 to pay Butler the money she is owed from the five-year contract, which expired on June 30.

The church and Butler did not respond to requests for comment — with the pastor taking a vow of silence on Friday when asked about the sex toy shopping spree scandal.

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On Thursday, The Post revealed the 49-year-old exited her job amid complaints she brought two assistant ministers and a congregant on a sex toy shopping spree in Minneapolis then gave one of...
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