The Bishop Eddie Long Sex Scandal is not going away anytime soon. Long’s New Birth Missionary Baptist Church along with The Longfellows academy have each filed responses to the 4 lawsuits alleging that Bishop Eddie Long coerced young men into sexual relations.
The four men each allege that Long used his influence, lavish trips, gifts and jobs to coerce them into relationships and the church pretty much acknowledges everything accept physical contact.
According to the AJC, the Lithonia megachurch filed it’s response in DeKalb County State Court Monday and they acknowledgs that the men accompanied Long on trips, in some cases overseas, but said it couldn’t explain the nature of relationships that may have existed between Long and the men.
The church said Anthony Flagg, one of the accusers, traveled with Long on trips to Tuskegee, Ala., New York and Las Vegas, but couldn’t provide further details. It said it could not “admit or deny” allegations that the two were intimate.
The response said “the church understands that Bishop Long often shared hotel rooms with members of the congregation while traveling,” but it couldn’t say whether Flagg shared a room with Long.
The response was filed by attorneys with the Atlanta law firm Drew Eckl Farnham.
Looks like New Birth Missionary Baptist Church (or at least it’s attorneys) are coming to their senses. I smell a settlement coming soon…