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Bishop Long settles sex suit out of court

By ADELLE M. BANKS
c. 2011 Religion News Service

(RNS) Bishop Eddie Long, an Atlanta-area megachurch pastor, has settled suits out of court with four young men who accused him of sexual misconduct, his church announced Thursday (May 26).

“After a series of discussions, all parties involved have decided to resolve the civil cases out of court,” Long’s New Birth Missionary Baptist Church said in a statement. “This decision was made to bring closure to this matter and to allow us to move forward with the plans God has for this ministry.”

The brief statement from the church in suburban Lithonia described the resolution of the cases as “the most reasonable road for everyone to travel.”

B.J. Bernstein, who represented Long’s accusers, confirmed the resolution.

Long, 58, who has been an outspoken opponent of homosexuality, denied the accusations in suits filed last September by the men, all in their early 20s. The four men alleged that Long plied them with presents and trips abroad and seduced them into sexual acts.

Long has built his congregation into one of the nation’s largest African-American megachurches.



  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment pagansister

    Probably came out cheaper for the Bishop to not go to court. He probably is guilty as he**.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment cknuck

    I don’t know what being a bishop means such hierarchical titles and aspirations are confusing to me when one wishes to define himself as a Christian. This is shameful and a example of bad leadership and even worse that he would call himself a Christian.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Henrietta22

    The devil made him do it and he isn’t going to do it anymore.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment daniel brown

    GOD said in John8,7 He that is without sin among you,let him first cast a stone

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment nnmns

    dan I don’t know your opinion on anything else but I wonder whether you are as quick to excuse everyone’s misconducts.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment jestrfyl

    They who complain the loudest are often hiding the biggest secrets. This guy needs to get real, get honest, and take a measure of the hypocricy in his life and ministry.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment KtAYALLDAY

    In my opinion, if you’re not spiritually capable of being a true christian leading by example- which is a very difficult role to do, Be honest with yourself…God already knows…then step down, work on your differences and come back correct. Now my question is what is keeping you up on the podium in that fashion?? God gives us all the spirit of conviction..was it ignored?….Was it the cash flow & elite lifestyle that had Mr Long hiding his ways & trying to believe this was acceptable….lets keep it real!!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Devout Christian

    EXAMPLE: Have you ever did something that deep in your heart you knew it was right? then have people to say “oh how wrong that was for you to do”, but the same people saw what you saw, but said, nor did anything. (THE SAMARITAN) Satan has a way to take one small Godly Belief, and Twist it so badly he can actually convince mindful doubt. During this Mans whole life where has it ever been Documented, or proven that Eddie Long was,is, or ever will be a sexual preditor. Don’t like the Preaching, at least get the Teaching.

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