Bishop Eddie Long will appear on Steve Harvey’s TV show Wednesday to discuss the struggles he and his family went through several years ago after the megachurch pastor was sued by four young men, who alleged he coerced them into sexual relationships.
The accusations made in 2010 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. At the time, Long vowed to fight to clear his name. In 2011, the case was settled, then dismissed.
In the Wednesday appearance, Harvey directly asks Long whether he ever had sexual relations with any of his accusers. Long says he was “bound by court that I can’t make any statements about that.”
Harvey asks why he settled the cases.
At some point, Long says, he had to decide “am I going to win the battle or do I need to win the war? I had to make the decision to save me, save my family and save the church.”
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