Tim Ballard, the real-life inspiration behind the hit film “Sound of Freedom,” is facing serious allegations of sexual misconduct.
Ballard, who was portrayed by actor Jim Caviezel in the movie, founded the non-profit organization Operation Underground Railroad (O.U.R.) in 2013. The organization’s mission is to rescue children from human trafficking. However, Ballard’s reputation as a hero is now under scrutiny as he faces accusations from seven women.
Ballard, a former CIA agent from Utah, is accused of pressuring women into compromising situations during missions.
Allegedly, he coerced them into sharing a bed with him or showering together under the guise of convincing traffickers that they were married. These allegations have been reported by Vice News and led to Ballard’s resignation from O.U.R. in June.
I smell a smear campaign, a hit job, an intentional assassination of character.
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The accusations against Ballard are not limited to coercive behavior. He reportedly sent at least one woman a photo of himself in his underwear, adorned with fake tattoos.
Another woman alleges that Ballard asked her how far she was willing to go to save children. These allegations paint a disturbing picture of a man who was once hailed as a champion for vulnerable children.
The scandal has also affected Ballard’s relationship with Russell Ballard, President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, who is not related to Tim Ballard. The two had established a friendship based on their shared interest in protecting God’s children.
However, once it became clear that Tim Ballard misused President Ballard’s name for personal gain and engaged in morally unacceptable behavior, President Ballard severed ties with him.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has also distanced itself from Tim Ballard and O.U.R., stating it never endorsed, supported, or represented the organization, its founder, or any associated projects.
The Church also emphasized its commitment to the welfare of children worldwide, a mission that President Ballard has dedicated his life to.
🚨Tim Ballard resigned from Operation Underground Railroad on 6/22/23 & prepping to run for Romney’s Senate seat. Sexual & financial misconduct claims coming to press… pic.twitter.com/Td1iZ7vHX6
— Mother Trumper (@lynnhowlett) September 18, 2023
The scandal surrounding Tim Ballard comes at a time when he is reportedly considering a run for the U.S. Senate.
In an interview with Sean Spicer on “The Sean Spicer Show,” Ballard revealed that influential people had approached him several weeks ago about running for the seat. With Senator Mitt Romney’s recent announcement that he will not be seeking a second term, Ballard stated it would be “easier” for him to potentially stage a run for the seat.