T he lawsuit between Bishop Eddie Long and the four young men who accused him of sexual misconduct is close to being resolved out of court, said the judge overseeing the case. After three months of mediation, the case is within “field goal range” of being settled, said Judge Johnny Panos. Judge Panos talked to the media with the aim of clearing misinformation being reported about the case.
Since February, the attorneys of both sides have been meeting with mediator Gino Brogden, a former Fulton County Superior Court judge in Georgia, to hammer out a compromise. During, Easter Sunday service, Bishop Long, wearing one of his famous muscle vest preached [what seemed to be] a subliminal ladened message to the four men who filed lawsuits accusing him for sexual coercion.
“You ain’t messin’ with me. I shall rise again, Bishop Long said in his sermon titled “Run To The Battle”. “You have to go down there and let the devil know that what they thought was gonna kill you, didn’t kill you. What they thought was gonna bring terror to you, didn’t bring terror to you and you made the enemies a public spectacle.”
Throughout the ordeal, Bishop Long has adamantly denied the allegations and has refused to comment about the case. He has also kept a low profile since the lawsuit, canceling a slew of public speaking engagements after the case became public.