Two Georgia men have filed a lawsuit claiming that prominent Atlanta, Georgia, pastor Eddie Long coerced them into sex.
The suits, filed Tuesday in DeKalb County, Georgia, allege that Long used his position as a spiritual authority and bishop to coerce young male members and employees of his New Birth Missionary Baptist Church into sex.
A spokesman for Long told CNN on Wednesday that the allegations are "a case of retaliation and a shakedown for money by men with some serious credibility issues."
Long "categorically and adamantly denies these allegations," said spokesman Art Franklin.
"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.
See PDF of lawsuit filed by Maurice Robinson here.
See PDF filed by Anthony Flagg here.
A third lawsuit has also been filed as of Wednesday September, 22 2010.
Listen: My thoughts on Long's 'fall from grace' and his long history of homophobia on Da- Doo Dirty Show along with Rod McCullom and Nathan James below.
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