Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Bishop Eddie Long Scandal

Bishop Eddie Long Scandal – Two men have alleged that they were sexually coerced by one of the most prominent Baptist pastors in the Atlanta area, Eddie Long. The suits were filed on Tuesday in DeKalb County, Georgia, and state that they were coerced by Long into performing a number of sexual acts. The suit said that Long made a habit out of selecting small groups of young male church members and using his authority over them to intimidate them into engaging in a sexual relationship.

He is considered to be one of the most prominent black pastors in the nation, and this will certainly be a spot on his previously stellar career. The pastor reportedly took Anthony Flagg, 21, with him on a number of overnight trips to different cities in the US. The two of them reportedly shared a bedroom on the trips and Long initiated sexual contact through coercion.

The other plaintiff, Maurice Murray Robinson, 20, was taken to Auckland and New Zealand with the pastor for his 19th birthday. Long allegedly convinced the young man to engage in sexual acts with him as well during these trips.
A spokesman for Long said that the allegations were not true, and that Long was upset that the boys would take this route in an attempt to receive money from him.

“It is unfortunate that someone has taken this course of action,” said a spokesperson for Long.
Long has yet to release a formal statement about the allegations against him, but representatives for Long have categorically denied the claims.