The beleaguered man in the pulpit made headlines this year for charges that he was a sex predator of young men that he ministered to in his church. This preening man-of-the-cloth sent phone pics of his buff bod, spandex-clad bod to the young men he groomed to be his victims.
Saying he would ‘fight this thing’ as ‘David vs. Goliath’ to the end, he instead settled with some of the young men who had given detailed accounts of his disgusting behavior and abuse of his role as a spiritual leader.
Long was sued in September 2010 lawsuit by former New Birth members Anthony Flagg, Spencer LeGrande, Jamal Parris and Maurice Robinson, who alleged the bishop used his influence, trips, gifts and jobs to coerce them into sexual relationships.
In the midst of the scandal, civil rights legend and LGBT ally Julian Bond flat out called Long a raving homophobe