Bishop Eddie Long was just hit with yet another court filing in Dekalb County. After receiving 4 lawsuits from young men in his congregation, Long is facing his biggest challenge yet defending his honor amidst the damaging allegations in the sex scandal.
Now Long is also faced with losing millions in a financial dispute making this the 5th lawsuit he’s received in a 30 day period… [Sidebar: This has to be some sort of lawsuit record.] According to the AJC:
Embattled Bishop Eddie Long took a hit Monday as a new suit was filed, ordering him and two others to pay $1.9 million for defaulting on a property loan.
The suit filed Monday asked the DeKalb County State Court to order Long and the others to pay off the debt in 10 days or incur additional fines and attorneys’ fees.This is the fifth lawsuit filed against the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church leader in less than a month. The other four suits, which were also filed against the DeKalb County megachurch, accuse Long of coercing four young men into sex in exchange for cars, lavish trips and jobs. The AJC is the only media outlet to obtain the latest suit.
The financial suit filed Monday names only Long and does not include the church.
The new suit stems from August 2007 when Long and two business partners as part of the West Indies Holding Company bought a gym in Jonesboro. Long’s partners include Marrion Heflin, a self-employed businessman, and Frederick Folson of McDonough, who runs non-profit Strategic Community Initiatives in Lithonia.
Long and his partners signed an agreement to purchase Hoops N’ Fitness on Tara Boulevard for $643,556 plus $223,000 in interest, according to a promissory note obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
In 2009, the seller, Danny Wright and J.D. Rock Enterprises, filed suit, alleging Long and his partners had not paid any of the debt. That suit is still pending.
On Monday, the mortgage company, State Bank and Trust and the FDIC, filed suit against Long and his partners.
The new suit alleges the three parties owe $1.86 million on the defaulted loan, along with $32,000 in interest. That interest – more than $300 a day — is continuing to accrue.
When it rains it pours…