According to CNN.com, two Georgia men have filed a sexual coercion lawsuit against Bishop Eddie Long, Pastor of the mega New Birth Missionary Baptist Church.

Long also acts as Spiritual advisor to a number of Atlanta celebrities, including rapper T.I. and V-103 Morning show co-host Frank Ski.

Yes, Bishop Long is married, but that didn’t stop the gay rumors from persisting for years.

According to the lawsuit:

“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 pastor took one plaintiff, Anthony Flagg, 21, on overnight trips to a half-dozen American cities in recent years, Flagg’s suit alleges.

“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.
Long took the other plaintiff, Maurice Murray Robinson, 20, to Auckland, New Zealand, in October 2008 for his 19th 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.

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Art Franklin, a spokesman for the church, said Tuesday that “we categorically deny the allegations.”

“It is very unfortunate that someone has taken this course of action. Our law firm will be able to respond once attorneys have had an opportunity to review the lawsuit.”

According to CNN, both plaintiffs said the pastor, his church and church employees gave them cash and lavish gifts that ranged from cars to college tuition.

The suits also said that Long framed the sexual relationships as religious in nature.

“Defendant Long would use Holy Scripture to discuss and justify the intimate relationship between himself and Plaintiff Robinson,” Robinson’s suit alleges.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKKxPtP6XjQ renegadesince1985

    Were those pics at the end really necessary?????? :hurl:

  • H-Townmama

    :hurl:
    There is such a thing as too much Sandra.

  • Ebony

    I don’t do gay porn but…….. :popcorn:

  • TruGemini

    What…tha..fukk?? :blink:

    :cosign: with renegade…No doubt, unnecessary

    But for real, I wonder what made them finally put Eddie on blast

  • Ebony

    Those 2 gay guys look like keloids

  • Iblondon

    who are those men at the end?

  • mzvirgo78

    :no:

  • TruGemini

    Uh oh…New Birth-Charlotte finna show out…nobody bet not say nothin bad bout they pastor.

  • dlamonte

    ALL i can do is :no: so damn sad jus mak yu :think: wat really goes on behind church walls after all dat dont b gay shit is being said durin service! but yu kno dey always said HE WITHOUT SIN SHALL CAST THE FIRST STONE! SMH

  • http://sandrarose.com Sandra Rose

    H-Townmama says:

    There is such a thing as too much Sandra.
    _________________

    We said the same thing: there is such a thing as too many muscle shirts, lol. 😆

  • SoBlessed

    :blink:

  • Phrozen1der

    I wonder if it was feeling taken advantage of that made them tell on ole dude, or was it when they found out about each other???? :think: But ummmm aint no way Bishop “no hair on the front or the middle of his head yet still rocking an S-curl” Long could’ve played me out like that! Talking about “The lawd said BLESS ME, and I’ll bless you” #GTFOHWTBS!

  • LilMissRed

    oh.my.

  • T.Y’z Cha Cha

    SANDRA SO DAMN MESSY :rofl: Cant never take you nowhere!

  • SouthernPrincess

    A sick part of my mind wants to know did Bishop Long perform oral on those young men!
    But seriously I wish people would be more open/honest about their sexual orientation.
    Endangering someones life, secretly engaging in homosexual relationships is so not cool

  • LaTechGrad02

    This story is on CNN Live right now, the victim’s attorney put him on blast….

  • sexxymocha

    I been away 4 sooo sooo long…..but i had to do a comment on this…..Does this really shock ppl n 2010….Nope not me…..I dont put chit pass nobody…..Bishop Eddie Long….dont worry bout wat ppl say….Jesus still luvs u…tee hee hee…btw im still a newbie…Hello SR Fam!!!!!

  • TruGemini

    Eddie Long looking like “Holiday Heart” in that pic :lolol:

  • KrayZKat

    If true, I think this stuff happens more than we’d like to believe with pastors or other church leaders taking advantage of men and women of the congregation.

  • sexxymocha

    so tru so tru @ TruGemini…*dead*

  • Divinebrown

    noooooooooooooo…..

    :rofl:

    Damn Damn Damn…….

    CNN done put the man on blast.

  • Divinebrown

    Coersion=Consensual intimate contact between adults.

    They had a had a choice.

    Please show me the 9mm handgun he held to their head when forcing them on the plane and forcing his sexual prowess on them in the form of a blow job….

    Damn it…..I”m calling Deshawn Snow.

  • Anna

    LaTechGrad02 says:

    This story is on CNN Live right now, the victim’s attorney put him on blast….
    “““`
    I watched it.

  • KrayZKat

    If grown women call fall for the prowess of a man, couldn’t an impressionable child who is going to an adult for guidance?

  • Lesb-honest

    :dead: @ pics at da end.

    #get-it-boys :hump:

  • peanutbuttercup

    The way this man butchers the bible, I’m surprised God hasn’t allowed Eddie to humiliate himself before now. God will not be mocked and Eddie long was playing up in that church. He had women of his church calling him Daddy. WTF? And his wife allowed that ish? Now let’s see if he does what the Bible says and confess his sins to one another. Doubt it. He’s gone hid this until these “boys” come with photographic proof, which I’m sure they have. I’m shocked his funny looking azz didn’t try and settle to cover this thing up. Did he really think he could suck a 20 year old off and not get busted? *pun intended*

    Who could really be shocked at this story? Eddie would be up in the pulpit with tight asss shits and a process. SMDH! He was baiting the gay boys in. What about his wife? What is she thinking? Church is about to be empty.

  • Lesb-honest

    😆 Lesb is abt 2 have a gay ol time, thanx boys! :lick:

  • ajonesy

    is the power of the dyck that serious? its makes u turn your back on everything u claim you believe.

    dayum!

  • Divinebrown

    @kat……..

    who the fugg knows. However, I don’t know hoooooowwww someone can “coerce” you into sex without your consent or permisson.

    Is it coersion when you change your mind AFTER? Why didnt they call the police immediately if what he did wasn’t permisible?

    Why is it not then called RAPE? If he didn’t have their permission to perform oral sex on them, why isnt he being charged with a battery and/or rape?

  • jay Bee

    Im not condoning Long’s alleged behaviors but ummmmmm unless this dudes were under the age of 14 when the alleged incidents happened, theres no case… At 19 y/o doing sexual favors is not a crime and being forced…hard case to prove at AGE 19. Long is better off coming out of the closet and saying the sex acts were consenual… It saves lots of time and money, This too shall past Bishop…. I smell a settlement…

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MwsWskgKe5E kingstonn

    he used holy scripture to jusitfy this fxckery?
    i want to know what book & what verse.
    cause seriously…

  • Lesb-honest

    @ SOUTHERN PRINCESS
    :rofl: i think the bishop was GIVING as good as he got.
    # i-got-a-feelin’-abt-such 😆

  • yellamama

    On CNN right now, an attorney for the young men is breaking down the evidence one item at a time…trips, money, jewelry, etc…

  • Iblondon

    I still wonder why people treat their pastors as if they are God themselves. What I look like calling a man my daddy. I don’t even call my biological father “daddy”

  • KrayZKat

    @Divine – I think it depends on the age of the victim(s) doesn’t it? I just tuned in to CNN so I’m not sure how old these young men are or were at the time of the alleged misconduct. If they were NOT at the age of consent, I would call it coercion. We shall see.

  • http://www.ashland86.com TheRealAshland

    I wonder if Long is a top or bottom.:hump:

  • SoBlessed

    That’s why u don’t put all ur trust in man! I put all my trust in God cause I know he will not lead me wrong.. No way in hell I would have called this man daddy.

  • buddapecan

    Is Redeemed on vacation or something?????????

  • chase

    They were all over the age to consent… Its a shame that nothing is surprising anymore, I don’t know Eddie from a hole in the wall but this right here is not surprising at all…

  • organicgrl

    I hope this is not true..At the simple fact he have sons of his own and started at a young age. I have been a member here for 14 years and I truly think many people at that church look at him as if he is God. If this is true he will have to answer to God.

  • militaryspouse1

    Damn

  • peanutbuttercup

    Here’s what the ajc.com posted, the boys were 16 when it began:

    The plaintiffs, Anthony Flagg, 21, and Maurice Robinson, 20, began having inappropriate relations with Long at the age of 16, which is the legal age of consent in Georgia, said their attorney B.J. Bernstein.

    The men are seeking a trial by jury and unspecified damages.

    “It’s not just these two. There are young men around him at all times,” said attorney B.J. Bernstein said. “There are kids at risk now.”

    Bernstein said she has not contacted DeKalb law enforcement because of Long’s ties to DeKalb officials.

    Gillen noted Robinson was arrested in June 2010 in connection with a burglary at the church. Robinson and Anthony Boyd, 19, of Decatur, were arrested June 23 and charged with stealing items such as an iPad and an iPhone, according to a police report obtained by the AJC.

    Robinson committed the burglary in retaliation after learning that Long was involved with other men, including Flagg, Bernstein said.

    “He lashed out,” Bernstein said. “But if it weren’t for that act, we wouldn’t know about this. He talked to his friends and learned Long had other ‘spiritual sons.’”

  • MissGauzzz

    :blink: and :wtf:

    Redeemed gon’ have a field day with this mess!!!! I know some of ya’ll clown Redeemed but there is truth in what she says… :no:

  • ricanlbc

    You neva shock us Sandra! Guess thats why no matter wth ppl say….THEY KEEP LURKING,CHECKING.HOPING THEY ARENT THE NEXT ONE BEING TALKED ABOUT. LOOK @ BISHOP NICK CANNON! *SNICKERS*

  • MissGauzzz

    @peanutbuttercup… damm :no: this gon’ be some straight phuckery right here!!!

  • Lala11_7

    Why is a minister taking a teenager to NZ for anyway?!?!

    This right here…is just a whole bunch of MESS!!!

  • Issa

    This should shock no one. It is happening more than people think. Stop living double lives, people. Be who the hell you are. If you didn’t feel something is wrong, you wouldn’t have to hide it.

    And, if this was some woman, nobody would be looking at her like she was a victim. People would have been like, ‘She took his money, willfully went on trips and engaged in sexual acts; and, now she is crying foul.’ ‘Ole girl wouldn’t be getting sympathy from nobody. I am with the person who said Long should just come out of the closet and prove these two participated in consensual, sexual act with him. I would love to know how long all this was going on. Something made them turn him up. Maybe, he found a new, fresh piece of ass. IDK. But, unless something is left out of this article, I am not seeing the crime here. These two are adults and nobody held a gun to their heads forcing them to do anything or go anywhere with this man. How can they explain it happening more than one time? From the sound of this, it seems like it has been going on for a while.

  • whatdoesitmatter

    I wish I could un-read this. :hurl:

  • Issa

    I just read some story about a sex offender kidnapping and rapping a 19 yr old girl. She somehow managed to escape a couple of days later and was found on the highway; she was lucky because she was only malnourished and physically abused. Her ordeal was still horrible but I say lucky because he could have easily killed her. He admitted to rapping her and holding her hostage and people in the comment section were still saying she deserved it because she willingly went with him. Go figure.

  • waquay

    :newbie: I’ve been lurking for years but now I want in. I think that this a plain case of getting more change. Not saying it isn’t true but this act between two adults….NOT NEWS.

  • electrik

    they were 16 when it started! ooooh someone’s in trouble

  • KrayZKat

    The boys’ attorney’s explain everything. Bishop was in a position of power. These were young boys (even though 16 is the age of consent in GA, they are still children in my opinion), impressionable boys whom he had been manipulating for quite some time. It’s not as though he propositioned them one day and they said, “yes.” He built a trusting relationship with them and took advantage of his power. It happens all the time whether it’s an employer/employee relationship, teacher/student, father/daughter (men who molest their children even until their teen years), etc.

    Even if these were women, I’d feel the same way. If Bishop is guilty, he needs to step down. JMO.

  • ashersaharai

    :homoswitch:

    That is disgusting, and its crazy because its always those mega pastors that are doing that, I wouldnt be surprised one bit if this was true. God is coming back with vengeance with these people because they claim to be great men of God all the while doing horrible deads.

  • peanutbuttercup

    Here’s the smoking gun: “Bernstein said she has emails, text messages and photographs between the men and Long”.

    Let’s see Long slither out of this.

  • speechman0512

    i saw on the news that one of the boys accusing long of these accusations was also involved in the robbery of his church back in June. They say he did that because long was involved with other men and not just him.

  • KrayZKat

    @ashersaharai – yeah, but let’s not forget the Catholic church and the many allegations of sexual abuse they’ve been accused of for decades. Just a thought.

  • M3z

    IF these young men were taking gifts, trips, cash, etc…they sound like PROSTITUTES TO ME! :shotsfired:

    And what is this accusation of “sexual coercion”? What does that mean – if your a$$ took all that stuff I highly doubt you were coerced ..to me it sounds like scorned lovers #imjussayin

  • Lodak

    Note to self: Do not call any friends who happen to be New Birth members.

    Honestly, I am not surprised. I assumed he [at least] played the first time I saw him in an extra tight muscle shirt he wore to a mens fellowship at the church a few years ago. I never went back.

  • peanutbuttercup

    New Birth members: now you know where your tithe money went. He supported his male bo with ya money.

  • Lala11_7

    Peanutbuttercup…

    No…just…NO!!!! LOL!!!!

    Auntie, you get that bottom left pic off of thugmart? I’m just asking…

  • http://mylifeinthesun782.blogspot.com Ms. Everything

    Well… Redeemed called Eddie out a long time ago. So many of these famous preachers have major skeletons in their closet and are preaching to get paid. They may have started with good intentions but didn’t stay focused on the Word of God and they will always fall at the hands of their own sins… I’m sure he’s humiliated but the truth will always come out. I feel bad for his fam and congregation but not him

  • http://charactercorner.blogspot.com attorneymom

    Where the hell were their parents?

    I hope these allegations are false. I really hope so.

  • lslhscorpio

    I agree with pretty much everyone else…..God should be your idol, not man or you will always be disappointed in the end.

    I bet he is going to settle, because clearly those men have some serious evidence against him to take it this far and Eddie has to keep that Almighty Dolla rolling in!!

    I bet those young men’s parents thought they were doing the right thing by putting them in that school. You can’t trust nothing now days.

    Any time another man starts spending more time with my son than me (and he aint his daddy), ‘Houston, we have a PROBLEM’!!!!!!!!

  • Mrs. Wimberly

    This is sick

  • http://smokiesays.blogspot.com/ Smokie

    Really, this man has always came across as gay. He and a few other mega church pastors and male gospel singers. Wake up!

  • lexdiamonz

    @ smokie he surely did …. always scream homo and i aint one to judge (not) but if he did this in the name of Jesus HE WRONG …. *sidenote* the gay dude on the right azz look scrumptious !!!!!!!!!!!! i see how dudes cant resist the booty

  • SugarPieHoneybunn

    lexdiamonz says:
    the gay dude on the right azz look scrumptious !!!!!!!!!!!! i see how dudes cant resist the booty
    _________________________________
    :dead: See its too early for this shyt Lexi!!! Get yo ass to the wall crease. :kona: Ima be crackin up all day cuza you!! LOL

  • http://myspace.com/necee518 yvonne79

    Wow! I honestly don’t know what to say……

    I’ve attended New Birth Missionary Baptist Church off and on since I first came to Atlanta (1994). Back then, his church was the current “Ray of Hope” building located on Snapfinger Rd. In my opinion, once the cathedral was built, the climate of the church changed. I could never put my finger on it but I felt within my spirit that church is not where I was supposed to be. Not to say this is the reason but good grief……

  • T.Y’z Cha Cha

    THE FLUCK NICK CANNON GOT TO DO WITH THIS :shrug:

  • Cocoabana

    Ebony says:

    Those 2 gay guys look like keloids
    ——————–

    Was I the ONLY one who caught this comment?
    :dead:

  • http://oneperfectassistant.com ggouch

    Sandra
    What is the point of the last two pictures? are one of those men supposed to be the BISHOP? What are you doing?

  • http://twitter.com/Proberson07 proberson07

    Wow Ms. Sandra. You are wrong for those photos.

  • Cocodeluxe

    TruGemini says:

    Eddie Long looking like “Holiday Heart” in that pic
    __________________________________________________________

    :rofl:

  • ysoserious

    KrayZKat says:
    The boys’ attorney’s explain everything. Bishop was in a position of power. These were young boys (even though 16 is the age of consent in GA, they are still children in my opinion), impressionable boys whom he had been manipulating for quite some time. It’s not as though he propositioned them one day and they said, “yes.” He built a trusting relationship with them and took advantage of his power. It happens all the time whether it’s an employer/employee relationship, teacher/student, father/daughter (men who molest their children even until their teen years), etc.

    Even if these were women, I’d feel the same way. If Bishop is guilty, he needs to step down. JMO.
    ****************************************************
    :cosign:

    I am not surprised by this at all. Power corrupts and I find most church leaders are suspect in one way or another anyway.

    And I just have to ask, what is so disgusting about men kissing? When two women kiss it’s hot but when it’s two men…Gay is gay so I don’t get the distinction. It’s stuff like this that keeps some gay men on the DL most of their lives.