Bishop Eddie Long sued over Ga. property deal

Caption FILE - In this Jan. 18 2007 file photo, Bishop Eddie Long, of the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, in Lithonia, Ga. gestures during an interview in Lithonia. Two men on Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010 filed a lawsuit accusing Long of exploiting his role as pastor of an Atlanta-area megachurch to coerce them into sexual relationships when they were members of his congregation

DECATUR, Ga. - Bishop Eddie Long is being sued over a business deal involving a gym in Jonesboro.


The lawsuit filed Monday in DeKalb County says Long, pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, and two business partners arranged to buy Hoops N' Fitness in Jonesboro in 2007.

The seller filed suit last year, claiming that none of the debt had been paid.

On Monday, the mortgage company, State Bank and Trust and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. filed suit against Long and his partners.

The new suit alleges the three parties owe $1.86 million on the defaulted loan, along with $32,000 in interest.

Long's spokesman, Art Franklin, says he's unfamiliar with the lawsuit and has no comment.



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