Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Bishop Eddie Long is being sued by his "spiritual sons"

On June 23rd, police arrested Anthony Boyd, 19, of Decatur, and Maurice Robinson, 20, and charged them with burglary. Robinson is one of two men who filed lawsuits accusing Pastor Long of coercing them into having sex with him on trips out of town.The other plaintiff is Anthony Flagg, 21, who said he began having intimate relations with Long at age 16, which is the legal age of consent in Georgia. Flagg was given lavish gifts by Long including a Mustang sports car.
According to the Atlanta Journal, one of Pastor Eddie Long’s accusers was recently charged with burglarizing Long’s megachurch

the thieves stole an iPad, iPhone and other items totaling $1,300 according to theAJC. The master key, which was taken from a secretary’s desk on June 11, reappeared mysteriously 4 days later.

Their attorney, B.J. Bernstein, claims to have emails, text messages and photographs that confirm relationships of a personal nature existed between the men and Long, according to the AJC.
“It’s not just these two. There are young men around him at all times,” said Bernstein. “There are kids at risk now.”

Bernstein said Robinson burglarized the church out of frustration after learning that Pastor Long had also been intimate with Flagg and other young men in the church.
“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.’”

Bishop Eddie Long serves as a “spiritual adviser” to a number of Atlanta celebrities and VIPs, including rapper T.I. and r&b singer Usher just to name a few!

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

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