A Covid-denying pastor who is on trial for violating state coronavirus orders was infuriated the judge by not wearing a mask, and was barred from entering a court.

Tony Spell, pastor of Life Tabernacle Church in Baton Rouge, Louisiana refused to wear a mask to his court hearing on Tuesday and was not allowed into the hearing.

The publicity hungry church man has continued to hold church services without a care toward the health effects, including a Palm Sunday gathering that he claimed exceeded over 1,000 congregants.

‘We never said anybody wouldn’t get sick,’ Spell said. ‘We never said anybody wouldn’t die. We did say we would never close, even if we die.’


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It was reported in April that a 78-year-old congregant from his church died after contracting the virus, which Spell later disputed.

Spell has heated standoffs with authorities leaded to him being charged with aggravated assault and arrested after backing up a bus towards a protester standing outside his church.

The pastor has also downplayed the seriousness of the pandemic, saying in May that 80,000 deaths were ‘not a large number.’

His lawyer pleaded not guilty for Spell’s violation of stay-at-home orders, while the pastor remained outside the courtroom.

Tony Spell, pastor of Life Tabernacle Church in Baton Rouge, was charged in late March with violating stay-at-home orders implemented by Governor John Bel Edwards. His lawyer pleaded not guilty Tuesday morning while Spell remained outside.

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