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A settlement has apparently been reached in the ongoing sexual misconduct lawsuits against Bishop Eddie Long.
The New Birth Missionary Baptist Church head was accused by four men of sexual misconduct and was thought to be heading to trial later this year.
Now according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution “all matters have been resolved” and the plaintiffs will not seek trial against him.
The AJC reports that Barbara Marschalk, who represents New Birth Missionary Baptist Church and LongFellows Youth Academy, said she anticipates ” the lawsuits will be dismissed, with prejudice, by close of business tomorrow.”
The attorney for the four men B.J. Bernstein, also confirmed that the lawsuits had been settled.
Bernstein’s office made sure to add that neither she nor the plaintiffs would be available for an interview “on this matter, now or in the future.”
No word on what settlement was reached.
Another Atlanta area preacher stands accused of molesting children.
Bishop Johnathan Alvarado is reportedly being looked at by the DeKalb County District Attorney’s office over recent allegations of his sexual misconduct towards members of his congregation.
The investigation apparently stems from the tweets of one of the church’s former pastors.
The ‘Crimes Against Children Review’ began when the D.A.’s office learned about a series of tweets on a Twitter page belonging to former pastor at the church, Shaun King, in which King suggests that Alvarado may be sexually abusing young members.
The D.A’s office has begun questioning people associated with the church about the matter, and are not calling it a full investigation right now, according to Fox 5 News.
Bishop Alvarado has yet to be charged with any crimes.
It hasn’t been a good year for Bishop Eddie Long.
The Lithonia mega-church pastor already has four open lawsuits by men claiming he seduced them into sex while they were teens and now it is being reported that he’s also being investigated by the U.S. Secret Service for being linked to a “questionable mortgage venture” that caused many church members to lose their homes.
Long is accused of using his New Birth Missionary Baptist Church to assist in a corrupt mortgage scheme, according to reports by CBS Atlanta.
Matrix Capitol Mortgage Company and its front man, Fred Lee, held mortgage payment seminars at New Birth, promising to lower homeowners’ payments.
Instead many of the attendees – some of whom where New Birth members – lost their homes to foreclosure and ended up in bankruptcy.
Weekly, Lee would come to New Birth and collect money $1,500 a piece from over 1,000 attendees after he convinced them that he could get them better notes.
CBS Atlanta reports “people trusted Lee because he made the promises of lowering their mortgages in the sanctity of their own church.”
In a statement, a spokesperson for Long says New Birth only provided Lee with a room to hold his meetings.
The case against Lee is now being investigated by DeKalb County police and the Secret Service.
Things at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church may have faced adversity, but one woman claims that the church made her life hell for over 78 days.
According to Dekalb County News, Arettonette Ingram has filed a lawsuit, after she says she was arrested on terroristic threat charges.
Ingram claims that a New Birth youth ministry counselor relayed false statements to police about a phone conversation they had subsequently resulting in her arrest.
Authorities accused Ingram of threatening to kill herself and her two children, after threatening to “blow up” U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson’s office.
Ingram told local news stations that she “never said anything threatening or derogatory” and was unsure why she was jailed on the false charges. Although unclear, Ingram spent almost 3 months in jail before the case was dismissed and now she wants justice.
“I was allowed to fall through the legal system’s cracks,” Ingram told reporters.
Although Ingram claims that the incident was unmerited, New Birth claims that its employees had nothing to do with Ingram’s arrest or incarceration.
Ingram is seeking a total of $78 million in damages from the incident-$1 million for each day she served.
DeKalb County jail records show she was arrested May 21, 2008, and released Aug. 6, 2008.
Bishop Eddie Long has agreed to settle out of court with the four men that accused of him of sexual coercion.
The New Birth Missionary Baptist church leader was named as a defendant in four separate lawsuits by men who claimed he lavished them with money and gifts and coerced them into having sexual relations.
Now months after the scandal unfolded, the Bishop is said to be preparing to settle with his accusers outside of court therefore avoiding a highly publicized trial.
The Bishop and his accusers will have a closed-door mediation and the final settlements will likely be kept secret.
Long previously denied the sexual coercion charges and compared himself to David of the biblical tale “David And Goliath” saying that he had “more stones to throw” and would fight.
It looks as if Bishop Eddie Long and New Birth Missionary Baptist Church can’t catch a break now that another member has filed a lawsuit against the church, claiming sexual harassment.
According to published reports, Tama Colson-yes, she’s a woman- claims that during her employment at the church she was repeatedly harassed by her male supervisor despite the fact that she was married.
According to the lawsuit filed at the U.S. District Court in Atlanta, the male supervisor sexually harassed her by showing nude pictures on a cellphone, demoted and later discharged her from the Lithonia church after she complained.
Colson, who is seeking damages for sexual harassment, sexual discrimination and retaliation, states that she was “horrified” in October of 2009 while working as a duplication manager in the church’s television department after the male supervisor approached her and showed her a picture of a sex organ on his cellphone.
The lawsuit claims the church was aware of previous incidents between the supervisor and female employees and congregants but never took corrective action.
In May 2010, the suit alleges, Colson requested to be transferred after learning that her department was going to be placed under the control of the television department, where the male supervisor worked.
The lawsuit states that Colson asked repeatedly to be transferred out of that department or warned that she would resign.
A church elder convinced her to stay, but in June she found out that the man would be her boss.
She said he began a “campaign of torment” against her, including coming into her office and staring.
After numerous complaints, Colson alleges that she was demoted to secretary, before eventually, being discharged from the job.
As of press time, neither camp has released a statement regarding the incident.
The suit seeks an unspecified amount in damages.