Bishop deals with sexual allegations from local teen
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HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. — A member of New Birth Charlotte filed a lawsuit against prominent pastor Bishop Eddie Long, accusing him of coercing a teenager into a sexual relationship.
New Birth Charlotte in Huntersville is a satellite church of Long's New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, Georgia. The lawsuit claims the bishop took the teen to Kenya in 2005 and engaged in sexual activities. Bishop Long then allegedly encouraged the teen to move to Atlanta, where the activity continued until last year.
We talked to the lawyer who filed the suit on Friday.
“This young man was shining the light on a apparently what is huge, huge, horrible wave of abuse and an opportunity for others to get out of the grips of the Bishop,” said Attorney BJ Bernstein.
Three other men filed a lawsuit against Long, saying he used his spiritual authority to seduce them. A spokesman for Long said the preacher denies all the allegations.