Fourth sex suit against pastor
A fourth young male member of Bishop Eddie Long’s Atlanta-area megachurch is suing the prominent pastor, saying Long coerced him into a sexual relationship.
The lawsuit was filed by Spencer LeGrande, a member of New Birth Charlotte. New Birth Charlotte is a satellite church run by Long in Charlotte, N.C.
The lawsuit said Long told LeGrande “I will be your dad” and invited the 17-yearold to travel to Kenya with him in 2005. LeGrande said that Long gave him a sleeping pill on that trip and that the two engaged in sexual acts.
The complaint, filed in DeKalb State Court, comes after three other men filed lawsuits this week saying Long abused his spiritual authority, when they were 17-and 18-year-old church members, to seduce them with cars, money, clothes, jewelry, international trips and access to celebrities.