The New Birth Missionary Baptist Church Bishop Eddie Long accused of having sex with teen boys. | (CNN) — Two Georgia teen have filed a lawsuit claiming that prominent Atlanta, Georgia, pastor Eddie Long coerced them into sex.

The suits, filed Tuesday in DeKalb County, Georgia, allege that Long used his position as a spiritual authority and bishop to coerce young male members and employees of his New Birth Missionary Baptist Church into sex.

“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 suits allege.

Long is considered one of the nation’s top black preachers. His church has more 25,000 members, according to the suit, and was the site of Coretta Scott King’s 2006 funeral, attended by then-President George W. Bush and three previous presidents. King was the widow of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

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 18th 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.

Long spokesman Art Franklin said Tuesday that “we categorically deny the allegations.”

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

Long frequently denounces homosexual behavior. A 2007 article in the Southern Poverty Law Center’s magazine called him “one of the most virulently homophobic black leaders in the religiously based anti-gay movement.”

“Everybody knows that a bishop or church pastor … cannot have any sort of sexual relations or sexual relationship with one of your parishioners,” the lawyer, B.J. Bernstein, said at a news conference Tuesday evening. “And even worse to have it with two young men who trusted him and got to know him at a very young age.”

Bernstein said she has alerted federal authorities about the allegations.

In June, Robinson was arrested and charged with burglary in connection with a break-in to Long’s office. An iPhone, iPad and other items — more than $1,300 worth — were taken from the office, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

On Tuesday, Bernstein said the theft was Robinson’s attempt to retaliate against the pastor. She said that once Robinson began telling others about his experience with Long, “he realized he wasn’t the only one.”

“It made [Robinson] angry,” she said.

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.

The suits allege that Long chose the plaintiffs to be his “Spiritual Sons,” a program that allegedly includes other young men from the church.

Flagg moved into a home owned by another New Birth pastor when he was a high school junior, according to the suit, where Long would sometimes share a bed with him. Flagg was eventually put on the church’s payroll, his suit alleges, with Long personally delivering his checks.

Flagg’s suit says that Long presided over a spiritual “covenant” ceremony between the two of them.

“It was essentially a marriage ceremony, with candles, exchange of jewelry, and biblical quotes,” Bernstein said Tuesday. “The bishop [told] him I will always have your back and you will always have mine.”

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

32 COMMENTS

  1. I have a comedy playlist on my channel with 60 funny jokes, raps, songs and cartoons about Eddie Long. It's called:  The Bishop Eddie Long Channel. I also have on my 'tithing' playlist a 66 video series against the error of Christians tithing today. I am looking to debate a tither by our posting an agreed number of alternate youtube videos, will any pro-tither accept my offer of a debate?

  2. BENTLEY??? WHAT THE HECK! U ARE A FOLLOWER OF GOD! U PLEDGED TO BE A HUMBLE SERVANT. BISHOP? WHY DO U NEED A 100000.00 DOLLAR CAR WHEN MOST OF UR CONGREGATION RIDES IN ON CITY BUSES? THIS MAKES ME SICK! TAKE THAT MONEY AN SPEND IT TO DO GODS WORK. BUILD SCHOOLS HELP THE HUNGRY.

  3. @cheezmaka: Hey dumb,dumb have you ever heard of a gag order? You never will hear the really explicit details because those boys would forfeit that settlement money if they go into details that were ruled off limits during the settlement.

  4. None of that is illegal… Bishop Long … don't settle……… This is a malicious law suit and this lady needs to have her law license taken away for abuse of the legal system….Notice she never actually said you had sex with the boy only bought him stuff and traveled with him…

  5. 1. Spend time with them
    2 Watch TV
    3. Ask for a massage
    4. Tell him he's special
    5. Devotional Readings together
    6. he was over there on a regular basis
    7. religious ceremony
    8. teach him how important it was to follow your leader
    9. buys him a mustange
    10. gets money on payroll
    11. Travels with the Bishop
    12. didn't get to go to the zoo
    13. shared a bed in hotel
    14. meets famous people

  6. @Jamaicanmibeautiful why? because she's not dressed to your standards of what a lawyer is presumed to look like? Not everyone successful flaunts in a 'Bentley' with designer suits. Yes you've definitely been deceived by her appearance; but that seems to be the 'norm' here on this site lately. Especially on the deception part. Take care and be blessed.

  7. @johnathandoe Yes, but the extra curricular wasn't a part of his job description. Be blessed. Praying for Anthony, his fellow co-defendants and especially the Bishop.

  8. This goes to show everyone, satan is working hard overtime to make all believers of our Lord Jesus Christ turn away from what the truth is, and that is to stop believing and trusting in ur pastors and bishops, these are human beings who will fall if they are not doing God's will. Read the word for yourself! Don't fall into Satan's trap!

  9. "eddie you should have known better" signed curtis mayfield. look people this shit happens everyday across the world.so it's not surprising to me that it happened.let me tell you something, people just don't make shit like this up against a person of his status for the hell of it.something happened.now if he's a real pastor or man of god i would love to hear him apologize & admit his guilt on national t.v. with the victims in the front of him.now thats a real man of god.stop with the bullshit.

  10. Can people please stop blaming the poor devil for waht eddie long is being accused of. i do not remember reading in any of the complaints the name of the devil. If it were the devil then sue him and leave eddie alone.

  11. To praiseleaderATL I do not know any of the accusers personally. I take it that you know Eddie Long personally and that you are in his company 24-7? I am sure you know waht eddie long does each and every minute of every day. By the way Eddie Long called again after the church service and said the same thing not only does he resent the alligations but he resents the alligator.

  12. This is not about religion. If the allegations are true, this is about a VERY SICK PERVERTED MAN who broke a fiduciary duty and destroyed the lives of teen boys for his own sexual gratification. It is nothing but a biblical hot mess similar to when King David, King Solomon and many other men of God messed up. God is not pleased.

  13. The followers are to blame. They are so gullible and trusting. Con artists like Long will always find sheep to fleece. The man dirves a Bentley and has a private jet. Can't his congregation ask themselves how he would continue to see God when it is well known that wealth causes you to depend less on God? For ir is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom.
    I didn't make that up….

  14. The Black Man must free himself of the Slavemaster's Religion.

    Acts 11:26 And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.

  15. @rmsolympic1 LOL. That was funny . Keep in mind she's a a lawyer. They are paid to not neccesarily believe their client, but to make YOU believe in thier clients. She doesnt phase me one bit. I know lawyers personally and they can be the biggest liars. Just like you said, she is doing her job and Im sure her story has been rehearsed and prepared for sometime now. At 0:35 she almost forgot her next line. LOL

  16. @johnathandoe She's good at what she does. I mean, when I first heard her, she seemed so adamant and so pointed in her story-telling that I thought that she was gonna say that he'd climbed up on her, too.

  17. @johnathandoe Well, she's icing the cake – making it sound and seem so likeley because, as you point out, it sounds so unbeleivable that it could somehow be true. She then keeps detailing the allegations until, wow, it seems like he did it. And then, well, for a number of people, eys, he did it.

  18. WHO ARE WE SERVING GOD OR MAN? HE IS JUST ONE MAN THAT MAY HAVE GOTTEN CAUGHT UP!
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    READ JUST HOW EASY IT IS FOR SO MANY TO GET "CAUGHT UP" IN THEMSELVES!!!

  19. @papasmurf770 Well, I'd say it like this. Although one dark cloud in the sky does not a rainy day make, the more clouds that appear, the more it looks like it will not only rain but pour, and in these days and times, dowpours more often flood than not, devestating entire communities. Still, numbers, as in a group of ppl making similar allegations, does not necessarily equate to truth. Let other forms of evidence, really clear evidence, surface. Plus, I have to hear Long'sresponse.

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