Prominent Georgia televangelist Bishop Eddie Long has denied claims outlined in a suit filed in September whichÂ accuses him ofÂ 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, LongÂ said heÂ provided cars toÂ the youngÂ men so they would have transportation to school and work. The bishop alsoÂ providedÂ housing when the menÂ needed it, according to the documents.
AÂ preacherÂ at New Birth Missionary Baptist, a megachurch outside Atlanta, Long had earlierÂ vowedÂ that he would "fight"Â accusations against him. The suits sayÂ LongÂ traveled with the young menÂ toÂ locations in the United States and abroad and shared a hotelÂ room and engaged in sexual contact with them, including massaging, masturbation or oral sex. FULL STORY