September 24th, 2010
04:47 PM ET

Fourth lawsuit filed against Pastor Eddie Long

A fourth lawsuit has been filed against Atlanta-area Pastor Eddie Long,
alleging he coerced a 15 year-old into sex during a trip to Africa.

The man named in the new suit says he first met the pastor at his church in Charlotte, North Carolina. The improprieties continued after he moved to Atlanta at the behest of Long to attend a local university, he said.

A spokesman for Long denied the allegations. He has denied similar allegations of impropriety from 3 other men.

"Our position about the lawsuits has not changed. Bishop Long categorically deny the charges. We believe that it is unfortunate the young men have chosen to take this course of action. The defense team will review the complaints and respond accordingly at the appropriate time and in the appropriate forum," Art Franklin said.

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  1. YawnYawnYawn

    this is just the start of the stampede

    September 24, 2010 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  2. PREDAKING!!!!

    YOU PEOPLE MAKING CLAMS! ABOUT THOMAS LONG! ALL YALL GOING TO HELL !

    September 24, 2010 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • mikec

      How does one make clams.

      September 24, 2010 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve-O

      First you get the water boiling real good...!

      September 24, 2010 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • ST

      Personally, I prefer talapia.

      September 24, 2010 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • lie detector

      I would rather be in hell than in Bishops Long's twisted heaven.

      September 24, 2010 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Carolae

    As the saying goes, "innocent until proven guilty". These were 4 young men at the time who are all now in their 20's or so. Quick rich scam comes to mind OR is it the real thing? I don't think after all of these years just their saying 'it happened' is going to count for anything. If there is no evidence other than their word, the pastor will not be charged. If, however, the pastor had some identifying marks on his body where you could not see them and the boys could attest to that, then they have a case.

    September 24, 2010 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nope

      Have you seen the pictures he took of himself in the bathroom posing in extremely tight clothing that he sent to the kids? STRAIGHT MEN DO NOT DO THIS.

      September 24, 2010 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Barbara

      @Nope how do we know they were takn for those young men?

      September 24, 2010 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lisa

      More than 4. Several sources are reporting more than 30 have come forward, not all have pressed charges...yet.

      September 24, 2010 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ruth sactown

    I WORK WITH KIDS ALL THE TIME AND I AM NEVER ALONG WITH THEM. ITS NOT THAT MUSH PRAYING IN THE WORLD.

    September 24, 2010 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      How can you claim to work with kids but never be ALONG with them? What is MUSH praying? Why don't you get an education before trying to engage in a conversation with grown-ups? And oh yeah, your keyboard appears to be broken, your CAPS-LOCK is stuck.

      September 24, 2010 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Teacher

      You work with kids and you can't spell "alone" or "much" correctly?

      September 24, 2010 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  5. pinklady

    Whether these allegations are true or not This is Between Bishop Eddie Long and The Lord!

    September 24, 2010 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kim

      Yeah and the boys that may have been takien advantage of...

      September 24, 2010 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kurt

      And the church and taxpayers who may have been supplementing this and the law which may have a few criminal words to say with the Bishop if true. If false, while don't agree with the Bishop's stand on gays, gay marriage, etc., I'd rather be standing next to him on judgment day than the false accusers.

      September 24, 2010 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Creel

      Actually it's between Mr. Long and his alleged victims, as well as the Jurors that will hear the case. It may also in time be between Mr. Long and the criminal court system. If your son had been a victim, it's not likely you would simply say "It's between Mr. Long and God".

      September 24, 2010 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • CousinPete

      While I agree that this may be between Bishop and The Lord, but when the Bishop starts "laying hands in the name of the Lord", now it's between the Bishop, The Lord, and THE POLICE!!!!!

      September 24, 2010 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • ciemma

      Yea, not so much. If it was my son, it would be between Eddie Long and ME!

      September 24, 2010 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • hawleyjd

      That comment unfortunetly makes for good "church rhetoric" but is clearly bad theology. If these victims were women, the church would think a lot differently.

      September 24, 2010 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
  6. tom

    Lets see if his list gets longer than Tiger Woods. Bet it probably will........

    September 24, 2010 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  7. moniteque

    people people let not judge or u might be judge we all have been lied on time to time and it was nowhere close to being true! so hold on to your folks till we know the whole true!

    September 24, 2010 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Terry - Indiana

    Christian Bashing: Ah, the American sport of kings! So he is gay, or perhaps he just like young boys. Good grief folks, this guy could be a Catholic priest, accept the pope would never allow the Bentley.

    September 24, 2010 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • chris

      Is it christian bashing to point out the hypocrisy of a religion that's supposed to teach love and hope and tolerance but instead generally teaches intolerance and hatred?
      Because that's what I see coming out of the religious right and that's what I've generally seen over the past decade.

      I can block out the fact that this man is a right-wing christian and I can accept the fact that he has (allegedly) taken advantage of young boys if you can accept the fact that it's downright hypocrisy for a man of faith to afflict abuse on young boys, however it occurred, if it did occur.

      I'm just sick of people hiding behind any religion as an excuse or to pre-excuse themselves. I had a business owner knock on my door last week trying to sell me something and the first thing he said was 'I'm an active christian so you can trust me with your business."

      REALLY? Being a christian certainly doesn't make you guilty of anything but it also certainly doesn't exclude you from being suspect in any way, shape or form.
      Let's just agree that religion (particularly christianity here in the U.S.) isn't what it used to be and is downright abused at times for the benefit of people politically and financially.

      September 24, 2010 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Fabianne

    Where there is smoke, there is fire!

    September 24, 2010 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmm-hmmmm

      And his Pastor Schlong's rooster has ashes all over it... PREACH & TESTIFY !!!

      September 25, 2010 at 1:30 am | Report abuse |
  10. Red

    I thought in this country you were considered innocent until proven guilty! None of us know if this happened or not. If it did, God will deal with him!

    September 24, 2010 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Barbara

      Amen to that!

      September 24, 2010 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gloria

      If he misused church funds, then the church and the IRS will also deal with him!! Such hypocrisy! why is it that those who expose the most anti-guy sentiments, (usually so called Christians) are closeted guys themselves..Hummmm!!

      September 24, 2010 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • weedy

      but before God deals with him..he has to be accountable to the Laws of the Land....which is man's Law...

      September 24, 2010 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • lie detector

      In this country he is innocent until proven guilty. ALSO in this country I have a right to speak my opinion. And in my opinion he is guilty. Watch and see. As loud as a bullhorn he was against gay rights? He is trying to outshout his own inner voice that is screaming to him his own guilt on a daily basis.

      September 24, 2010 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  11. chris

    Hmmm...a right wing christian republican allegedly molesting young boys?
    Sounds about right to me. Hypocrisy, they name is GOP.

    September 24, 2010 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Niki

      He's actually a democrat, Obama supporter. Not that it has anything to do with this story. Just thought you should know.

      September 24, 2010 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Chris

    Wow at first it seemed like the accusations were made up, but now a 4th person comes forward. it reminds me of the tiger woods scandal a little bit.
    What strikes me even more than him being a "gay pedophile" (if proven guilty), is all the money he has. Are the people in atlanta really that stupid? 2 bentleys, private jets, black diamonds? i mean really. Why would anyone need black diamonds anyway?

    September 24, 2010 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Barbara

      Better yet, why were they kept in his office?

      September 24, 2010 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rafiq Minaua

      My friend, there is something called brainwash

      September 24, 2010 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  13. MHG

    Ok, 4 suit filed, 30 plus pending and wife filed for divorce the day of break in at church. SMH

    September 24, 2010 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Tina

    Unfortunately I have attended both Earl Paulk's church, and New Birth with Eddie Long. This turns me off from the mega church. I liked the idea of the youth programs. Don't think I will be pushing my 17 yr. Old into the young mens programs anymore. Guilty or not, I am turned off. Two scandals too many!!!

    September 24, 2010 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • PW

      All you have to do to determine if your Church is legit is look at the lifestyle of the Paster. Those with Jets, Limos, Jewels, multiple homes have found the goose that lays the golden egg. Give, Give, Give and God will save you and "I will have a "ball".

      September 24, 2010 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Dorian

    Well, it seems based on these posts... the whole innocent before proven guilty aspect is a joke.

    September 24, 2010 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • lie detector

      Dorian – That law is for our judicial system ! They must consider him innocent untill proven guilty. WE can have our own opinions and discussions – There is no law stating the general population must refrain from calling someone guilty until the courts prove him innocent.

      September 24, 2010 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
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