November 2nd, 2010
11:21 AM ET

Georgia televangelist denies sex allegations

Bishop Eddie Long denied accusations of sexual misconduct in court papers.

Prominent Georgia televangelist Bishop Eddie Long has denied claims outlined in a suit filed in September which accuses him of coercing four young male congregants into sexual relationships. Read details about the suits.

According to court documents filed in DeKalb County, Georgia, Long denied each man's claim. However, Long said he provided cars to the young men so they would have transportation to school and work. The bishop also provided housing when the men needed it, according to the documents.

A preacher at New Birth Missionary Baptist, a megachurch outside Atlanta, Long had earlier vowed that he would "fight" accusations against him. The suits say Long traveled with the young men to locations in the United States and abroad and shared a hotel room and engaged in sexual contact with them, including massaging, masturbation or oral sex. FULL STORY

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