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Bishop Eddie Long Cuts Settlement Deal with Four Young Men Who Accused Him of Sexual Misconduct

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Megapastor Eddie Long has settled complaints with four young men formerly in his ministry who were suing him for sexual misconduct, CBS Atlanta reports:

Long chose not to fight in court. Instead he reached a settlement and paid off the four young men who accused the mega-church preacher of using his power to influence them into sexual relationships with him.

"You can interpret that any way you want, but usually people do not settle cases unless there is some reason to do so," said former DeKalb County Prosecutor J. Tom Morgan.

Morgan said he is familiar with cases like Long's.

"They had to reach a settlement if they did not want any statement by the Bishop on record," said Morgan.

Former New Birth members Spencer LeGrande, Anthony Flagg, Maurice Robinson and Jamal Parris filed civil lawsuits against Long last September.

Reports that Long was trying to cut a deal with his accusers surfaced last December. Morgan estimated that the amount Long paid the young men is "in the millions" and Long reached the settlement because of details that would have emerged about the incidents in court. Part of the agreement is that nobody talks about the case.

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  1. I'm not sure which part of this is more disturbing... That a "man of the cloth" did this in the first place, or that he has millions of dollars on-hand to buy himself out of it, or that he even has the option of buying himself out of it....

    Where did Jesus bank?

    Posted by: CaptKirkis80 | May 27, 2011 3:44:59 PM


  2. Surprise, surprise...
    Sadly too many ministeries are just money machines.

    Posted by: Matt26 | May 27, 2011 3:53:11 PM


  3. Bishop Long is a man of the cloth alright....spandex.

    Posted by: KhakiGuy | May 27, 2011 5:29:04 PM


  4. Now you know the good pastor will sin again after all there are plenty of good looking young black men in need of his special brand of salvation...

    Posted by: jaragon | May 27, 2011 5:30:59 PM


  5. He's prayed for forgiveness. I think we all need to move on and not judge. Not!

    Posted by: Carter Superfly | May 27, 2011 6:28:06 PM


  6. Wrong Carter Superfly. Long didn't PRAY for forgiveness. He PAID for foregiveness.

    Posted by: James | May 27, 2011 9:50:42 PM


  7. I'm disappointed - that trial had serious potential, given only the lurid details we already had. I was looking forward to the bishop's accusers telling all in court.

    Posted by: Sancho | May 27, 2011 10:29:52 PM


  8. Well, only God knows if Eddie Long is guilty or not. And if he is, and if he has not repented, well the word says that "Not everyone saying Lord, Lord will enter into the kingdom of heaven." He may have already fallen into this category (hopefully not). My opinion though, I think he bought his way out of it. The four accusers saw the $ sign and couldn't resist. Smart move Eddie...nonetheless, God is the judge..and judgement day is coming.

    Posted by: PChawk | May 28, 2011 3:51:59 AM


  9. I've lost respect for the accusers. It now looks like a shakedown instead of an actual attempt to expose this homophobic hypocrisy coming relentlessly out of the Black church. That "Bishop" Long actually had millions to silence those young men is outrageous. Too bad at least one of the young men didn't have the courage of his convictions and followed through on the lawsuit. Very, very disappointing.

    Posted by: jamal49 | May 29, 2011 11:30:02 AM


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