Exclusive: Bishop Long Speaks for First Time

CBS Atlanta
September 24, 2010

Mega Church Bishop Eddie Long is speaking out for the very first time Friday about allegations he had sexual relationships with at least three boys in his church.

Only CBS Atlanta News was on the telephone conference call with parishioners from across the country who were looking for answers.

Long said he was in the middle of a battle. He spoke in his own words for the first time since the allegations broke.

"We will arise through this situation, and go forward, and we are moving forward," Long told other pastors.

Long said several times that he didn't know who was on the call, so he had to be careful what he said because the case is in litigation. And he would not take any questions.

In his first public statement since the allegations went public he asked these other pastors to pray for his wife, his kids, and his church.

"I have never dealt with anything like this before. I have been under attack before, but everything else has been different levels and different challenges," Long continued.

Never once did Long say he was innocent, but he said the truth would be revealed, and that he is praying for his accusers.

"Know that I am also praying for the families and the young men who are accusing. I always operate in the spirit of love, and we are going to move through this," he said.


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