Bishop Eddie Long Responds To Young Accusers

The day after an Atlanta rally calling for his resignation, embattled megachurch bishop Eddie Long formally responded to allegations that he engaged in sexual relationships with four young men. In the documents filed late yesterday afternoon in Dekalb County State Court, Long admitted that he took the former New Birth Missionary Baptist Church members on trips, but he denied ever seducing them. Long said he occasionally shared a room with members of his congregation, but the claims of sexual misconduct “are not true.” Long said he mentored the men and that they, like other members of his church, called him “daddy,” “bishop” and “granddaddy,” according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Maurice Robinson, Anthony Flagg, Jamal Parris and Spencer LeGrande – all now in their early twenties – claim Long seduced them when they were teens (from 16 to 18 years of age) attending his church.

A bout of “He Said, He Said” Erupts In Bishop Eddie Long Sex Case

A war of words has erupted between both sides of the controversial sex case against metro Atlanta megachurch bishop Eddie Long. An attorney representing the embattled New Birth Missionary Baptist Church pastor has accused the four young men who have filed lawsuits claiming sexual impropriety – and their lawyer – of  “attempting to try their lawsuits in the media.” The accusations from Long’s lawyer Craig Gillen follow the airing of WAGA-TV’s interview Tuesday night with Jamal Parris. In a statement Gillen told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: “There are rules on how civil litigation is to take place and how counsel should conduct themselves, we intend to follow those rules.” In the taped interview outside a Colorado grocery store Parris said that he loved the Lithonia pastor but now considers him “a monster.”