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Bishop Eddie Long To Settle Out of Court

In Breaking News, Celebrity News on November 20, 2010 at 8:19 pm

By: Tawanda Fredricks

November 20, 2010 — The first hearing in the case was held in Atlanta on Friday November 19th, whereas Long denied ever having sex with any of the four men who have made allegations against him, both sides have expressed their desire to resolve the case without going to trial.Both sides are now headed for settlement talks.

Lawyers for the bishop and the four young men who have filed suits against him said they want to avoid a trial and resolve the dispute in mediation early next year.

During a status conference held Friday, lawyers for both sides gave a road map of what’s going to happen throughout the case, when it’s going to happen and why it’s going to happen.

On the way into the courthouse, Bishop Eddie Long’s attorney Craig Gillen, and the young accusers’ attorney, B.J. Bernstein, had little to say. But after a short status conference, one thing was clear: Both sides were ready to resolve the case.

“The number one thing is we are ready to move forward in this case,” said Bernstein.

Jamal Parris and three other young men have filed sexual misconduct lawsuits against the popular Bishop and his 10,000-seat New Birth Missionary Baptist Church. The lawsuits allege the bishop sent the three young men provocative pictures and lavished money and gifts on the then-teenagers, while having sex with the young men.

Bishop Long has filed an answer to all four lawsuits, claiming in bold letters on the first page the claims of sexual misconduct are not true.

In all four of the lawsuits, Bishop Long admitted he was a mentor to a number of young men, trying to build stability in their lives. He admitted to traveling with the young men and at times sharing a room with them.

In the lawsuit, Bishop Eddie Long admitted young men in the church called him “daddy” or sometimes “granddaddy,” and he specifically denied in every lawsuit that he ever had sex with any of the four young men.

During the status conference, both sides said they want to try to avoid trial, and have a mediator resolve the allegations. Judge Johnny Panos set a February date for mediation. If the case is not settled in mediation, expect the first of possibly four separate trials in July or August.

Attorneys also said that during the course of the case, the court will hear from expert witnesses who will talk about the relationship that should be there between a professional, like a bishop, and a parishioner, like the young men who have filed suit against him.

 

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  1. I thought the bishop said he was going to fight this thing. Settling is not fighting. May be he can’t find a good reason for sharing a room with the young men. Wow

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  3. We must pray for him and the young men and not tear them down with our mouth

  4. He needs to pray for himself and quit committing adultery, which is a sin whether you have sex a man or a woman. Eddie Long is an embarassmment to Christians, just like Sarah Palin and the idiot who tried to make his members take down their Facebook accounts.

    What a joke.

    • I agree regarding Long praying for himself. What a hypocrite. Remember folks, those that protest the most, are ALWAYS the most suspect…..what a joke. Long is another Ted Haggart minus the drugs. At least Haggart had to get wasted before engaging in sin, Long on the other hand just needed lust in his Loins & mind to engage…Regardless, had he not condemned them (homosexuals) so much, no one would be interested in this story and it certainly would not have been all over the network AND cable news networks – and still is…

  5. SHUT UP! THE BISHOP IS INNOCENT!! ARE YOU LOT ANY BETTER???

  6. Yes i am better! i have necver been accused of rapping young boys.
    He need to pray for him selfand u need to do the same if u depend on so much.

  7. Well well,the REVEREND Bishop Eddie Cornholio (AKA Goliath) has settled out court.I wonder why?

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