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Bishop Eddie Long Gets Hit with Fourth Sexual Abuse Lawsuit, Ted Haggard to the Rescue

     A fourth alleged victim has pressed charges against anti-gay Bishop Eddie Long of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church.

     [Long's] latest accuser, Spencer LeGrande, claims he was 17 when he began a sexual relationship with Long while accompanying the bishop on a trip to Nairobi, Kenya. LeGrande, of Charlotte, N.C., alleges in a civil suit filed Friday in DeKalb County that Long gave him an Ambien, a popular prescription sleep aid, followed by a "prolonged hug," kissing and rubbing, according to the suit.  The suit claims the two shared a bed for the remainder of their trip...
     In the latest suit, Bernstein [LeGrande' lawyer] alleges Long "uses monetary funds from the accounts of New Birth and other corporate and non-profit corporate accounts to entice the young men with cars, clothes, jewelry, and electronics."
     Spencer LeGrande was 15 when he met Long, the suit alleges. LeGrande and his mother were among the founding members of Long's satellite church in Charlotte, N.C., Bernstein told the AJC.  Their first meeting was an emotional one, according to the suit. LeGrande, moved by one of Long's sermons, approached the pastor and began to cry. Long hugged the 15-year-old, assuring him, "I got you" ... "I will be your dad," the suit states. Soon after they began talking regularly by phone.
     Long is still denying all the charges and refusing to step down.

     In the video below, Anderson Cooper focuses on the anti-gay teachings of Bishop Eddie Long and the sex scandal that's engulfed Long.  Then, Cooper interviews Ted Haggard, who defends Long, and Pastor Troy Sanders from Soulforce.  The video interview devolves into an argument between Cooper and Sanders.  Best line by Sanders: "It didn't take a scandal for me to come out and walk in truth."

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