According to the ReddingNewsReview.com, New Birth Missionary Baptist Church pastor Bishop Eddie Long has settled out of court and has agreed to pay $24.8M to the four young males who accused him of sexually molesting them:
The source, who claims to be familiar with the details of the settlement and did not wish to be identified, said that Long refused to give a public apology, which ended up costing him more.
What began as a $2 million agreement to settle the case for each of the four men quickly rose to $5.5 million for the respective plaintiffs, the source said, only because Long refused to publicly admit guilt.
The men are to divide $2.2 million equally and then receive $400,000 in payments until the money is paid out over the next 20 years, the source said. The final figure comes to $22 million for the four men and $2.8 million for the plaintiffs attorneys.
Reports say his congregation and church goers are slowly depleting in number, including his former elder Rev. Bernice King. It is also said that Mr. Long has asked his church members for donations of up to $500-$1000 in an effort to expand the mega institution into the cities of Denver, CO & Birmingham, AL.
Television personality Sherri Shepard of ABC’s The View spoke on the topic earlier this week and practically bashed Bishop Eddie Long for his apparent actions of guilt
Watch: Sherri Shepherd Shares Thoughts On Bishop Scandal
“He said he was going to fight like David fought Goliath. He was going to be vindicated and he settled out of court with these boys. And I have a problem with that because Im a single mom, I’m a Christian. As a Christian mother, we take our sons to these churches for men who say they want to raise boys as godly men. If you settled out of court, if you are a man of faith, why would you settle out of court? [...] As a mother who is raising her son, it makes me very angry because people prey on women who don’t have a man in their life, who take their boys to people in authority that they trust.”
Bishop Eddie Long has privately issued an apology to the parties involved. If you were a member of the mega church,