LOS ANGELES, MARCH 27 -- Hurt and confused, Jessica Hahn tried for years to forget the day Jim Bakker came to her hotel room in his bathing suit, and would never have struck back if she hadn't been forced to sign a confession saying she seduced him.

John Stewart, an Orange County law professor and Christian broadcaster who has helped represent Hahn, gave that account today of the incident that led to Bakker's resignation from the multimillion-dollar PTL ministry last week.

Meanwhile, John Wesley Fletcher, a defrocked Assemblies of God minister, acknowledged today that he introduced Hahn to Bakker.

"It is true that I introduced a church secretary, just as I introduced hundreds of other people, to Jim Bakker," he said in his statement, issued from Oklahoma. "There's nothing wrong with that. My family and I were introduced to President Reagan and Pope John Paul II. There is nothing wrong with that. Forgive me, but nowhere in the Bible is it written, 'Thou shalt not introduce one another.' "

Stewart said representatives of Bakker and PTL, which stands for "Praise the Lord" and "People That Love," contacted Hahn repeatedly after the 1980 sexual encounter to ensure her silence.

"She's looked up to this man ... then she has this encounter where he kind of forces himself on her, pressures her, whatever you want to call it, and her world is shattered. Then they begin to manipulate her, telling her, 'Hey, it was really your fault, for the sake of the ministry you need to hush up,' tactics that caused more and more distress.

"That's why it was so egregious," Stewart said. "It was bad enough she was pressured into the encounter in the first place, set up for it, but then she was pressured into . . . keep{ing} silent."

Norman Roy Grutman, appointed this week as PTL's general counsel, dismissed Stewart's version of the events:

"She made repeated phone calls, constantly seeking to talk to people at PTL when she couldn't get Jim {Bakker}. Is {Stewart} suggesting that this distant and remote lady was importuned by PTL? The suggestion itself is so preposterous that it falls of its own weight."

To end what Stewart characterized as the persistent harassment that caused her to quit work and "She's looked up to this man ... then she has this encounter where he kind of forces himself on her, pressures her, whatever you want to call it, and her world is shattered. Then they begin to manipulate her, telling her, 'Hey, it was really your fault, for the sake of the ministry you need to hush up,' tactics that caused more and more distress. -- John Stewart seek counseling, Hahn signed a confession that made the sexual episode "appear to be her fault, or at her instigation ... minimizing Jim Bakker's culpability," Stewart said.

Instead, Stewart said, the forced confession only made her feel worse: "That was essentially the straw that broke the camel's back." Hahn, he said, sought help from her local pastor, Gene Profeta, the minister of the Massapequa (N.Y.) Tabernacle Church, who through an unnamed mutual friend put her in contact with a friend of Stewart's, Paul Roper, an Orange County businessman with close ties to the Pentecostal movement.

"She didn't want to live a lie," Stewart said.

Hahn taped a lengthy account of her encounter with Bakker that Roper and Stewart have so far declined to release. "There are things on that, her allegations and her description of the situation, that I don't think should be made public," Stewart said. "This is National Enquirer stuff."

According to Stewart's summary of her account, Hahn, now 27, told of going to Clearwater, Fla., seven years ago to watch a television taping by Bakker. Hahn was a churchgoing secretary and had "tremendous" admiration for the married evangelist, which she had difficulty shedding even after what happened.

A mutual acquaintance of Bakker and Hahn, John Wesley Fletcher, checked her into a hotel room and gave her a glass of wine, which made her dizzy, Stewart said. Then Fletcher brought Bakker, dressed in a white terry-cloth bathing suit, from the pool to the room. After suggesting Hahn give Bakker a back rub to relax him for that night's religious service, Fletcher left.

Hahn said Bakker then seduced her. She returned home the next day.

Stewart said he considered Bakker's reported behavior "even worse" than what one might read in a trashy Hollywood novel. "It's almost amateurish, and yet it happened, at least according to her statement," he said.

Stewart said he had decided to reveal Hahn's account because he felt it necessary to reply to accounts by Bakker and Bakker's allies. He referred particularly to comments by Jamie Buckingham, of the Pentecostal magazine Charisma, who said, "She just got hold of a Pentecostal preacher who didn't know how to handle it and it just devastated him."

"I don't know if the man can tell the truth," Stewart said of Bakker. "He just seems to tell one person one story and tell somebody else the other."

Roper drew up a draft lawsuit and sent it to Bakker's PTL organization in 1985. Stewart said he told them, "This is what she has been saying. If you want a lawsuit like this filed by an attorney in a proper jurisdiction, then just don't answer us."

Bakker's second-in-command, Richard Dortch, responded immediately, Stewart said: "But rather than follow what Paul Roper suggested, meeting with Christian leaders to find out if this was true, they decided to hire an attorney and talk about how much money they wanted to pay to hush her up."

The Charlotte Observer reported today that Dortch personally negotiated a $265,000 settlement of Hahn's claim against Bakker, part of which was to be set aside in trust. Hahn herself has received little of the settlement, negotiated with the help of a retired federal judge.

Tennessee evangelist John Ankerberg, with knowledge of Hahn's version of events, said today, "{Many news accounts are} making her look as if she's been in love with Bakker, that this is a love affair and she's still in love with him even now. That is just not correct. This was no 15-minute episode, and when all of the dreadful details are known, the sympathy that has swung toward Jim Bakker will be reversed totally."

"Richard Dortch was involved in a cover-up," evangelist Jimmy Swaggart said here, where he is preparing for a weekend crusade. "I think he should step down." J. Don George, a former member of the PTL board, made a similar charge today, saying that last fall he had asked Dortch about rumors concerning a sexual encounter involving Bakker, and a payoff. "I asked him if there was any truth to these rumors and he said, 'What you have heard is not true.' "

On the "PTL Club," formerly "The Jim and Tammy Show," Dortch, the new PTL president, attacked The Charlotte Observer, holding up an editorial-page cartoon that portrayed Falwell as a Garden of Eden snake. The audience gasped when Dortch said the real target "is not Jim and Tammy Bakker, it isn't Richard Dortch, it isn't Jerry Falwell, it's God's work."

Appearing today on "The 700 Club" show of evangelist and possible presidential candidate Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell, appointed by Bakker to oversee the $172 million ministry, said, "God in his Heaven must be laughing at some of the things that have been said and done" since Bakker resigned. "We also have a need to be praying for Jessica Hahn." Staff writers Art Harris in Atlanta and Lloyd Grove in Washington contributed to this report.