The Case Against Atlanta Bishop Eddie Long SETTLED! (HEADLINE NEWS!!)
It’s finally over. MediaTakeOut.com received word yesterday that Bishop Eddie Long and his FOUR accusers had agreed to SETTLE their sex discrimination claims. Here’s how the Atlanta Journal-Constitution is reporting it:
Attorneys involved in the four lawsuits against Long, the LongFellows Youth Academy and the 25,000-member Lithonia megachurch said the case had been settled but declined to comment further. The case is expected to be dismissed “with prejudice” — meaning the defendant cannot be sued by the plaintiffs again in the same alleged offense — by close of business Friday, said Barbara Marschalk, who represents New Birth Missionary Baptist Church and LongFellows Youth Academy.
B.J. Bernstein, who represents the four men who sued Long, New Birth and the academy, also confirmed the lawsuits had been settled. The academy was named in three of the suits.
Long, pastor of the Lithonia megachurch, which has an international following, had denied the men’s allegations through a spokesman shortly after they first became public in September and told his congregation he planned to “vigorously” fight them.
The accusations made against Long by Anthony Flagg, Spencer LeGrande, Jamal Parris and Maurice Robinson alleged that the bishop used his influence, trips, gifts and jobs to coerce them into sexual relations.
In one lawsuit, LeGrande said when he was 15 he and his mother were among the early members of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Charlotte. When he was 16, he said, he went to Kenya with Long. Then when he was 17, they went on another trip to Kenya, and it was then that they had intimate relations, one of the suits alleged.
Now what you’re all wondering . . . HOW MUCH. Well OFFICIALLY no one is talking. But a little BIRDIE tells MediaTakeOut.com that the boys will split approximately $15 MILLION between them.
And it gets better. Remember TWO WEEKS AGO when settlement talks BROKE DOWN. That’s because Bishop Long wanted the boys to release a statement saying that Eddie DID NOTHING WRONG . . . and the boys REFUSED. So now Eddie is NOT ALLOWED (under the settlement) to say the boys are lying.
This is very SAD, now we’ll NEVER know the TRUTH. Cause if Pastor Long is a PEDOPHILE, like they suggest, that case needed to be brought to trial. On the OTHER HAND, if he’s INNOCENT . . . that needs to come out TOO!!