Bishop Eddie “Long-Stroke” Begins Mediation Sessions To Settle His Lawsuit With Accusers

- By Bossip Staff

Not so fast “good” brotha, you’re not off the hook by a “long” shot.

The first mediation session in the sexual misconduct lawsuits against Bishop Eddie Long and New Birth Missionary Baptist Church has ended, a church lawyer said.

Barbara Marschalk, who represents the Lithonia-based church and its LongFellows Youth Academy mentoring program, said additional mediation sessions, in which all parties attempt to reach a settlement, could be held.

She declined to discuss details.

Thomas Arthur, a professor in Emory University’s School of Law, said it is not unusual to have more than one mediation session. “It depends how much is at stake,” he said.

The idea, he said, “is to keep going if they might actually reach an agreement.”

B.J. Bernstein, who represents the four men who have accused the popular pastor of coercing them into having sexual relations, declined to comment on the proceedings.

“I appreciate the interest and concern by the public for my clients, and just as in any case, court-ordered mediation is a process that occurs in private and shall remain so,” she said in an e-mail this week.

The four plaintiffs are Spencer LeGrande, Maurice Robinson, Anthony Flagg and Jamal Parris. LongFellows Youth Academy is named in three of the suits.

Long has denied the accusations and has vowed to fight. The lawsuits were filed last year in DeKalb County. If no resolution is reached, they could go to trial later this year.

Recently New Birth laid off two full-time employees and cut salaries by 10 percent. Spokesman Art Franklin blamed the economy for the cuts.

When asked about the mediation, he said, “On advice of legal counsel we are unable to comment about the case.”

As bad as it will be if this case has to go to trial, it doesn’t say a lot about the Bishop’s supposed “innocence” if he has to settle this matter out of court. Get your popcorn, it should be a helluva show.

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    WELL WITH THIS AND THE WAY GAS PRICES IS HE MIGHT HAVT TO PAWN THAT WIG ON TOP OF HIS BALD HEAD TO STAY IN SHAPE???

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  • huh?

    I don’t know if he’s guilty or not and mediation/settlements don’t necessarily indicate anything. Sometimes it’s because people don’t want more dirt to come out. Sometimes it’s because it’s quicker and cheaper than a long battle in court and public perception. Any good settlement for a case like this will definitely include a confidentiality clause so the legal truth will never be known.

  • julia

    This is so sad, people in his church had trust in this “Hood Rat” and the only thing he wanted was self satisfaction. In “Madea Voice” You’re going to Hell.

  • monique

    ok wait i am confused what does the medtation have to do with anything…..he needs to be fasting and praying…but thats to much like right now isnt it…everywhere u turn there is a false phophet….mean while the real ones arent getting heard enough..religion ha….there is nomore religion….cause u dont know who u r being taught by 9times out of 10 its a false one..that’s why what matters to me is my personal relationship with him cause there is nothing false about that…….and yeah i curse and things but i am not perfect and he doesnt aspect me to be..athough i could tone it down a bit….lol

  • mixed bad chick

    Yeah Eddie just pay the guys becuz he knows dang well he’s not gona go to trial. To much more dirt wld come out.

  • cajunvive

    I saw this on the news the other night and what this article fails to mention is all four accusers cried, yelled and cursed him out during the mediation and they said Eddie never said a word. That’s an admission of guilt to me!!

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