Ga. Pastor Asks for Patience As He Fights "Ugly Charges"

September 23, 2010

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A Georgia megachurch's pastor accused of forcing young men in the congregation to have sex with him asked for patience Thursday "while we categorically deny each and every one of these ugly charges."

Bishop Eddie Long, of the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, near Atlanta, said that he wanted to address the charges directly but had been advised not to by his lawyer.

"Let me be clear the charges against me and New Birth are false. I have devoted my life to helping others and these false allegations hurt me deeply," read a statement from Long.


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