A former employee is suing the pastor of a Los Angeles County church, claiming he sexually abused her over a period of years.

Rev. Brenda Lamothe says in a complaint filed Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court that Rev. John J. Hunter of the First African Methodist Episcopal Church repeatedly demanded sex as part of "God's will."

The lawsuit alleges Lamothe was fired in 2009 after she began to refuse his sexual demands.

Hunter's attorney, Robert W. Brockman Jr., told the Los Angeles Times the allegations are categorically untrue.

On Tuesday, Hunter, his wife, Denise and the church filed their own lawsuit against Lamothe, charging her with stealing documents from the Hunters and using them to attempt to extract money from them.