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So Bishop Eddie Long Is Accused Of “Coercing” Young Men Sexually

These are some serious allegations, and before I go in, I will wait to see how this story plays out. Bishop Eddie Long, the pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in ATL, is accused of sexual impropriety with two male church members. A lawsuit has been filed Tuesday in DeKalb County by two members of the church, Anthony Flagg and Maurice Robinson. According to the  plaintiff, the two young men claim they were involved in sexual acts with the pastor four years ago when they were 17 and 18. Here’s the response to the allegations from the Bishop’s attorney:

Pastor Eddie Long “categorically and adamantly denies these allegations,” said spokesman Art Franklin. “There’s been a lot of chatter since yesterday, but these complaints that have been filed are definitely without merit. This is actually… a case of retaliation and a shakedown for money by men with some serious credibility issues trying to mount their own defense. This is something that went from 48 hours of contact with the attorney flinging outrageous demands to this dog-and-pony show we are seeing.

Get the details of the allegations when you “continue reading”. Man I really don’t know what to say or to think. I have tons of questions for both sides…

“Defendant Long has a pattern and practice of singling out a select group of young male church members and using his authority as Bishop over them to ultimately bring them to a point of engaging in a sexual relationship,” the suits allege.

“Long shared a bedroom and engaged in intimate sexual contact with plaintiff Flagg including kissing, massaging, masturbating of plaintiff Flagg by defendant Long and oral sexual contact,” the suit says.

The other man, Maurice Murray Robinson, 20, claims Long took him to Auckland, New Zealand, in October 2008 for his 18th birthday and engaged in oral sex with him, Robinson’s suit alleges.

“Following the New Zealand trip, defendant Long regularly engaged in sexual touching, and other sexual acts with plaintiff Robinson,” Robinson’s suit alleges.

In June, Robinson was arrested and charged with burglary in connection with a break-in at Long’s office. An iPhone, iPad and other items — more than $1,300 worth — were taken from the office, according to the police report.

On Tuesday, attorney B.J. Bernstein, who represents both Robinson and Flagg, said the theft was Robinson’s attempt to retaliate against the pastor. She said that once Robinson began telling others about his experience with Long, “he realized he wasn’t the only one.”

“It made [Robinson] angry,” she said.

The suits allege that various staff members working for Long, his church and the Long Fellows Academy “knew of Defendant Long’s sexually inappropriate conduct and did nothing to warn or protect [the plaintiffs].” {Source}

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