Willie Jessop was scheduled for a Wednesday hearing about a civil suit that he filed against Sam Brower, according to a 5th District Court clerk.
Brower is a private investigator who has done research digging up information about the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Jessop had been a spokesman for the sect.
Jessop owed Brower legal expenses after the court said Jessop had subjected Brower to frivolous court filings, according to court records.
A record was made to reflect that Jessop had failed to appear twice on the matter and a bench warrant issued for his arrest for contempt of court. Jessop was reportedly in Switzerland at the time of the hearing. Another hearing has been set for November 23, according to the court clerk.
Jessop was not in court with Brower but was with him on the "Dr. Phil" program last week. On the program, Jessop tried to distance himself from Warren Jeffs, the head of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Jeffs received a sentence of life plus 20 years in prison for sexually assaulting two girls ages 12 and 15.
Jessop has said he was wrong in defending Jeffs in the past and that the entire FLDS community needs to take responsibility for allowing Jeffs to lead the church.
Jeffs still rules the church from his incarceration in Texas, according to sources in and out of the FLDS, which report the leadership is through help by his brother Lyle who is not in jail.
William Roy "Willie" Jessop is a leader in and former spokesman for the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS Church). Jessop should not be confused with William E. Jessop, the person Warren Jeffs designated as his successor to the presidency of the FLDS Church.
Jessop was a bodyguard during the tenure of FLDS Church president Warren Jeffs. After Jeffs' arrest and the April 2008 raids on the church's YFZ Ranch near Eldorado, Texas, Jessop became a frequent spokesman for the FLDS Church.
In May 2008, Jessop wrote an open letter to President George W. Bush, requesting that he intervene against the removal of children from FLDS Church families.
Jessop has been nicknamed "Willie the Thug," "Fat Willie," "Willie Doughnuts" and "King Willie" by disaffected FLDS Church members. Jessop lived in Hildale, Utah, but currently his permanent address is unknown.
In a January 2009 deposition, Jessop refused to answer over 100 questions by Denton attorney Natalie Malonis investigating the FLDS families at the YFZ Ranch near Eldorado. His attorney Kent Schaffer of Houston said his client would not answer any questions put to him on the grounds that doing so would violate his Fifth Amendment rights.