An openly gay Texas pastor who last month claimed a Whole Foods baker had written a homophobic slur on a cake he ordered has recanted his claim.
"I want to apologize to Whole Foods and its team members for questioning the company’s commitment to its values," Jordan Brown, pastor of a small Austin church, wrote in a statement.
“The company did nothing wrong,” Brown said. "I was wrong to pursue this matter and use the media to perpetuate this story."
In April, Brown made headlines with claims a Whole Foods baker had written "F**" in icing on a cake that he'd asked to read "Love Wins."
However, Whole Foods was quick to respond to the claims by releasing surveillance footage that showed the UPC sticker in a different position on the cake box from where it appeared after it had been handled by Brown.
The company also revealed that the baker was herself a member of the LGBT community.
Brown has apologized to both the baker "who I understand was put in a terrible position because of my actions" and to the "LGBT community for diverting attention from real issues.
"I also want to apologize to my partner, my family, my church family, and my attorney," she said.
As Brown announced he was dropping the suit he'd filed against Whole Foods, the grocery chain announced they've dropped their $100,000 countersuit.
"We're very pleased that the truth has come to light. Given Mr. Brown's apology and public admission that his story was a complete fabrication, we see no reason to move forward with our countersuit to defend the integrity of our brand and team members," Whole Foods said in a statement.