Emails show Nicholas Sparks objecting to pro-gay 'agenda' at Epiphany School

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NEW YORK (AP) - Emails filed in an ongoing lawsuit show novelist Nicholas Sparks chastised a former headmaster at the private Christian school in New Bern he runs for promoting a pro-gay "agenda." Sparks denies he discriminates.

The emails, published Thursday by the Daily Beast and filed as exhibits in federal lawsuit in North Carolina, show Sparks complaining in 2013 about "an agenda that strives to make homosexuality open and accepted." The emails are part a case between Sparks and former Epiphany School headmaster Saul Hillel Benjamin, who alleges that Sparks defamed him. Benjamin headed the college-prep K-12 school for a few months before being forced out.

In a statement issued through his publicist, Sparks says the Daily Beast story repeats "false accusations" and noted that charges of discrimination originally in the lawsuit have been dropped.

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