You may know Pastor Eddie Long as the self-proclaimed Biship Eddie Long of the New Birth Missionary Baptist Megachurch. I call him pastor bling-bling because he teaches prosperity theology. Charges surfaced today that he uses his position of authority to coerce sex from young men.
"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.
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.
This one will be interesting, especially given his stature in the black community.