The list of young men accusing Bishop Eddie Long of sexual abuse grows longer by the day. A fourth man has filed a lawsuit claiming the prominent Atlanta pastor seduced him into a sexual relationship, reports CNN.
Twenty-two-year old parishioner Spencer LeGrande, a member of New Birth Charlotte, an off-shoot of Long’s Missionary Baptist Church in Atlanta, says his relationship with the respected clergyman began when he was 17 and included trips to Kenya and South Africa where they engaged in sexual activity.
According to his lawsuit, the pastor told him, “I will be your dad.” LeGrange is the fourth man to come forward ever since the original plaintiffs, Anthony Flagg and Maurice Robinson, accused Bishop Long of sexual coercion. Long has denied the charges and is asking supporters for patience “as we continue to categorically deny each and every one of these ugly charges.” He is expected to step down from his ministry this Sunday.