Pastor's sexual coercion lawsuit resolved: attorney

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Posted: May 26, 2011 5:24 PM
Pastor's sexual coercion lawsuit resolved: attorney

ATLANTA (Reuters) - A lawsuit brought by four young male members of an Atlanta megachurch who said its pastor, Eddie Long, coerced them into sex has been "resolved," their attorney said on Thursday.

B.J. Bernstein, who represented the men, gave no details of the settlement. There was no immediate comment from Long's megachurch, New Birth Missionary Baptist Church based in Lithonia, Georgia.

Long denied the accusations made in civil lawsuits last September that he used his status as pastor to coerce the men into relationships when they were in their late teens.

Long built the church from just 300 members in 1987 to more than 25,000 today.

The church, set on a campus east of Atlanta, runs a global network of ministries and businesses. It hosted the funeral in 2006 of civil rights leader Coretta Scott King.

(Reporting by David Beasley; Writing by Matthew Bigg; Editing by Jerry Norton)