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Bishop Eddie Long's wife files for divorce
Bishop Eddie Long has denied allegations that he sexually coerced male congregants.
December 2nd, 2011
09:29 AM ET

Bishop Eddie Long's wife files for divorce

By the CNN Wire Staff

ATLANTA (CNN) –Vanessa Long, the wife of Georgia televangelist Bishop Eddie Long, is not withdrawing the divorce petition filed Thursday, despite a statement issued through her husband's church indicating that she had reconsidered, her lawyer said Friday.

"Consistent with her original statement made this morning, Mrs. Long continues to hope that this matter may be resolved expeditiously, harmoniously and fairly; however, she has determined that dismissal of her divorce petition is not appropriate at this time," said Michael W. Tyler, a partner with the Atlanta-based firm, Kilpatrick Townsend.

"To avoid any undue confusion, Mrs. Long's future statements, if any, will be issued through her attorneys only. At this time, neither she nor we will have any further comment on this matter."

The statement, sent Friday night, was the latest twist in a divorce saga that emerged Thursday, when lawyers for Vanessa Long filed divorce documents in Superior Court in DeKalb County, Georgia.

Vanessa and Eddie Long are "living in a bona fide state of separation," according to the 12-page petition. The documents adds she "is entitled to a divorce upon grounds that the marriage between the parties is irretrievably broken, there being no hope of reconciliation of the parties, and it being in the best interest of all parties concerned that this marriage be terminated by divorce."

On Friday, in a statement released to reporters by her lawyer, Vanessa Long said, "It is my sincere hope that this matter can be resolved expeditiously, harmoniously and fairly. I ask that you respect my privacy and that of my family, as my attorneys and I have agreed that we will not try this case in the media, and I do not intend to make any further statements concerning this matter."

But this appears counter to another statement also attributed to Vanessa Long and issued Friday afternoon by New Birth Missionary Church in Lithonia, 18 miles east of Atlanta.

According to that statement, she says, "Upon prayerful reflection, I have reconsidered and plan to withdraw my petition for divorce from my husband, Bishop Eddie L. Long. I love my husband."

Bishop Long is senior pastor of the church, which has more than 25,000 members, according to its website.

"I believe in him and admire his strength, and courage," Vanessa Long said, according to this statement. "My filing followed years of attacks in the media that frustrated and overwhelmed me.

"I love my family and church family, New Birth Missionary Baptist Church. Therefore, my husband and I have mutually agreed to find healing from these attacks. We ask that you respect our privacy during this time."

New Birth's website describes Vanessa Long as "the quiet strength" in the family. "She is an inspiration to many of the women at New Birth as they watch her lovingly and quietly support her husband in every sense of the word."

Long is being sued by former parishioners who accuse him of persuading them to invest in a Ponzi scheme that wiped out at least $1 million in their retirement savings.

And last spring, Bishop Long settled a lawsuit filed by four young men who accused him of pressuring them into sexual relationships while they were teenagers and members of Long's congregation at the same north Georgia church.

That suit alleged that Long "uses monetary funds from the accounts of New Birth and other corporate and non-profit corporate accounts to entice the young men with cars, clothes, jewelry, and electronics."

Long has preached passionately against homosexuality for years.

In an August interview, two of Long's accusers said they were haunted by what happened between them and the powerful pastor and added they are writing a tell-all book about their experiences.

"It's just not enough anymore. I thought I could cover the pain up. I thought I could move, start over and everything will go away. I was terribly wrong," Jamal Parris, one of the accusers, told CNN affiliate WSB.

Parris pointed to a "JL" tattoo on his arm, which he said stands for "Jamal Long." He said Long was with him when he got the tattoo.

He said that he grew up without a father and that Long preyed on that vulnerability. "To have a man love me for just who I was. I just had to be me and love him back," Parris said.

–CNN's Mia Aquino contributed to this story in Atlanta.

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  1. ANn

    Our bikes were: Orbit Romany with vairous midification (Orbit is a framemaker based in Sheffield, UK) and a Surly Long Haul Trucker. It took about 6 months.

    March 2, 2012 at 3:13 am |
  2. mary

    we are supose to belive in the bible the problem is people of todayseem to think preacher,s are god ask any church member how many schripal, of the bible a prechal read doing church servical do they read may be 3 the rest of the time they all are like eddie long with all that acting and i don,t understand a dam thing they are talking about that why i stop going to church.

    January 10, 2012 at 7:26 pm |
  3. rachorse

    what about the kid damn long

    December 19, 2011 at 1:33 am |
  4. rachorse

    what about the kid he bought freedom what the kid sad damn long

    December 19, 2011 at 1:32 am |
    • George C

      You need to learn how to write yourself. You are a retard.

      December 29, 2011 at 3:11 pm |
  5. Debra Martinez

    We are not suppose to Judge because it is written , But the Father In Heaven will Judge him according to his fine works/deeds. But I will give to you The Word that is written In Matthew

    Matt 23:2 Jesus spoked to the crowds and to his disciples saying " The scribes and the Pharisees have seated themselves in the seat of Moses.. Think about they Have seated (3)All the things they tell you , DO NOT OBSERVE, But donot do according to their deeds, for thy say but donot perform.. ..(25) Hypocrites because you cleanse the outside of the cup and of the dish but inside they are full of plunder and immoderateness.. (27)you resemble whitewash graves , which outwardly indeed appear beautiful but inside are full of dead men's bones and every sort of uncleaness. (28) You are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.

    Flee people from them .. I hope that he removes himself from his practices.. He is abusing the Name of the Father and His Son Christ Jesus.. He should be praying for forgiveness ..There is two sides of the story , but in this case I personally get in prayer and ask the Father In Heaven to lead me .. Andmost likely it is Written to flee away from they , what thay practice is not according to BIBLE Instuctions.. For that purpose it was Written. B( Basic) I (instuction) B(Beliving)L (LIving) E(Everlasting).. .. I am so glad that I have to rely on man made empty words or my own understandings I rely on the Greatness The Father In Heaven and not of dead men bones.... Read your Bible so you can see what they Hide , so much unclesness that s destisable from God The Almight.. Get saved from the Blood Of the Lamb His (word) not of men, they teach you what you want to hear today and you see where they are at tommorrow!! IN the News!!! Wow, Thank you Father...

    December 13, 2011 at 7:17 am |
    • thinkstraight2002

      On point...

      December 14, 2011 at 8:32 pm |
  6. Claudia Sullivan

    He stole from elderly folks who believed in him, he took their pensions to line his pockets and live a life of luxury. He betrayed the young men who trusted him and betrayed his congregation-plain, simple GREED. The fools who are blinded by his lies will be the next victims of this man who has no scruples. HE IS the DEVIL he preaches about.

    December 7, 2011 at 8:22 am |
    • Debra Martinez

      He is a foolish one caused he got caught..Satan is sneaking that why he was called the Tempter..
      This guy fooled all of you and you paid him.... your money help him gain power and a fancy life style and its said that he took all of you with him..

      December 13, 2011 at 12:16 pm |
  7. Luvmesef

    This is sad but as CHRISTIANS we must remember to be CHRIST-LIKE IN ALL THINGS . . . forgiveness is power . . . it is easy to mull over this back & forth till it angers you to the point of wanting to lead him in shackles to a public STONING . . . but "let him who is without sin cast(throw) a stone' ... with that said , all of this is between the Lord & Rev. Long ... dont forget secret , in the dark sins committed by those entrusted as caretakers of our spiritual well being have always somehow come to light for all to see the truth about who they really were & who they really are... just look back at some whom fallen(hard) from grace, publicly disgraced , suffer the loss of everything they may have held dear not to mention the legal woes of 'juris prudence' ... thus TIME ENSURES us all the 'just' we deserve and make no mistake no-one gets away with anything ... but rightly speaking it is not up to us to serve justice ... those who decided to leave the church made the wrong decision ... it is not the pastor or the bishop or the deacon or Rev. Mother or senior sister the we worship .. it is CHRIST & by abandoning the place of worship to save face or because "they're not whom you thought they were" simply testifies to your own mis-guided sense of what being a real CHRISTIAN WAS & IS ALL ABOUT . . . being a loyal member of your church testifies to ones sense of loyal membership , not jumping on board with the majority but with haste coming to the rescue of your palce of worship with those you have worshiped with . . . its easy to run and be done with it all . . . it takes guts and a steady belief in "GODs will be done" ... So STAND UP FOR YOUR CHURCH ... don't run out at a time when it so very very NEEDS you the MOST ... I BELIEVE GOD HAS A SPECIAL BLESSING IN-STORE for those that will watch , pray , believe he will 'make a way out of no-way' return your church to the beacon of hope it once was so that the sinner man may again seek refuge and be granted the LORDS forgiveness & be saved ... BLESSED BE THE NAME OF GOD

    December 7, 2011 at 7:39 am |
    • Debra Martinez

      This man had used money that beongs i the name of God and used it for entertainment that should been used.. The Words in the Bible should be used for support,self-decipline,reproving,ect..It sems that you agree caused of his imperfection that people should support him .. Im sorry but were are all imperfected , w all caused to stumble but he enjoyed all that came with it and its in the hans of the Great almighty.. I am a soul keeper and I would want to support anything that is unclean .. That is any religion that is not acceptable in the name Of Jehovah God!! The God OF Abraham,God of Isaac, God OF Jacob..

      December 13, 2011 at 11:44 am |
  8. yepyep6598

    Bishop you should have stepped down along time ago when the allegations came out. You need to do some soul searching with God and never return to the pulpit ever.

    December 7, 2011 at 12:55 am |
    • todd in DC

      Did it ever occur to you that your precious bishop is an atheist? He doesn't believe in God, but he believes foolish people will give him their paychecks because they are buying a stairway to heaven with that money, and he is buying jewelry with it.

      I've no sympathy for either him or his flock. I don't give my money to preachers. They are all corrupt.

      December 7, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
  9. JEN

    GOLDDIGERS, HERE IS YOUR CHANCE TO BE RICH. YOU DON'T HAVE TO WORK WITH THIS GUY. HIS BRAIN DAMAGE CHURCH MEMBERS WILL COVER ALL THE BILLS. DIAMOND, FANCY CLOTHES LIKE HE IS WEARING RIGHT NOW, FANCY RESTAURANTS AND FANCY MANSION,YOU CAN THEM ALL. HELL, YOU CAN EVEN HAVE A MUD BATH DAILY IF YOU WANT TOO. IT ALL TAKING CARE OF.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
    • todd in DC

      Love you.

      December 7, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
    • Debra Martinez

      I love that Quote " stairs way to heaven" never heard that one .. Rememeber about walking on stairs .. you have a long way to go up!! " spirtually"

      December 13, 2011 at 12:03 pm |
  10. bubba

    HE COULD CARE LESS IF SHE DIVORCES HIM,NOW HE CAN GO MOLEST LIL BOYS ALL HE WANTS....

    December 6, 2011 at 8:26 am |
  11. Spring nenny

    Mrs Vanessa Long,we love you.We thank God for his grace upon your life.Pls don't cooperate with satan to pull down the good work God has used you and ur husband to build.We love your husband and your family.Pls withdraw the divorce suite now.We are praying for you!!

    December 5, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
    • Teresa

      You have got to be kidding me! Who ever you are you need help! What if those kids your PASTOR molested was one of your children? please go somewhere with your Prayers. She knows he's a fake and she can't live with it anymore. So sad

      December 5, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
    • pockets

      Religion and the poison it spreads is clearly evident in this monster. Society has to look at religion for what it really is, a Business. In his 'speech' he told them to keep on "giving money", that's all that matter is $$$$$$$. There is no church's without M O N E Y.
      Enjoy your live's there is no god. Its all nonsense. Myth piled on myth, for the ignorant to lap up and support. Its a sham. All a game, for those blood suckers to take the money from the stupid that cannot see the charade that is being played out. Sad really.

      December 5, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
    • yepyep6598

      you should have told her husband that.

      December 7, 2011 at 12:39 am |
    • yepyep6598

      @ pocket there is a God you have to remember the bible mentions false prophets that's why I dont worship preachers I worship God. dont let this discourage you from seeking God get your wisdom and seek God for yourself, that's why the bible says study to show thyself approved. Pocket when you study you will be able to spot false prophets such as Bishop Eddie Long. Believe me I know what you are going through trying to find me a church home. I'm not looking for the perfect church because there are none.This man is the reason people dont want to come to church. The church use to be where the sick came to be healed and the pastor was the doctor. The sick cant heal the sick. Be encouraged and seek the truth for yourself.

      December 7, 2011 at 12:48 am |
    • Debra Martinez

      I agree you are as guilty as... I cant beleived that we should pray.. They prayed enough and their still in the eyes of God not spiritual Gifted.. Money is the root of all evil.. Money bring pleasure and then power and then here we have resentment ..Some of these churches/ are pleasing them selves then the Word ..It is forbidden that we act in away that is not Christ like thinking.. Any one can say I am a Christan Man in God.. but Actions speak Louder than Words!!
      Seek guidance from the WOrd.. Learn it for your self and see if you reapeat what you just written.. I know you wont caused it is Written the Father knows all who belong to HIm.....

      December 13, 2011 at 12:00 pm |
    • mary

      why; would any one with any half sence would think eddie long were a man of god all he were after wer money stupid people bought him that mangathin; air plains big cars pocket ful of money like he,s god the lord gave he did,t take what make me so angery the foller of eddie long are so stupid he .s expose him self to the young boy,s . my self i hope he go stright to hell.

      December 13, 2011 at 8:41 pm |
  12. WorshipSnowyWhite

    And what's humorous about this, is that everyone freaks out about THIS GUY because he's a popular televangelist, but every single person in anykind of authoritative position at a Church, is most likely just as guilty for equal or lesser sin. Now when I say "equal or lesser" sin, I'm saying that since (in God's eyes) all sin is equal, every single Pastor, Televangelist or whatever, is equally condemnable for their sin. People can't seem to take the Bible literally....and the reason being, because the Bible is so confusing, and contradictory, that if you took the Bible literally, Christianity wouldn't make sense. And guess what?! Christians trying to make sense of the Bible wind up getting angry, and lashing out at people, when they don't even realize that based on their belief system, they're just as hell-bound as the next guy.

    This dude is not going to be judged by God, he's already being judged by people of the same faith. And of course you people say, "He is a false prophet!" "He speaks untruths!" "He is a sinner!".....Truth of the matter is, anyone that claims to know what happens when you die, is a false prophet. This guy just had a television show, so everyone gangs up on him when he screws up.

    December 5, 2011 at 11:48 am |
    • pockets

      His wife could not stand the sight of him any longer. She knows what this man has done is true, speak the truth and the truth will set you free. He's a con man, its that simple and his life of abusing young men has finally caught up to him. Now its up to his cult followers, to end it all and find another place to "worship" an imaginary god. One that does not exist and never has. This group reminds me of the followers of Jim Jones, and remember the outcome on that one. Don't touch the KoolAid folks.

      December 5, 2011 at 4:41 pm |
    • Waking snowy white from the spell

      Hey snowy white,
      Don't overlook the part about forgiveness of sins in the Bible. Preeeeeeeetty big point in the new testament. Trust me u can't miss it if you read it for yourself. And what Christian is lashing out? CNN surely would've covered that story!

      December 5, 2011 at 11:57 pm |
  13. Ever Learning

    So-called "Bishop" Long's demise is simply a fulfillment of scriptural prophecy. He is a blind leader who is leading blind followers (Matthew Chapter 15, Verse 14). "Bishop" Long is teaching false doctrine (Matthew Chapter 15, Verse 9; Galatians Chapter 1, Verses 6-9) and supporting an organization that is built upon a man's foundation and not the Lord's (Ephesians Chapter 1, Verse 22; Ephesians Chapter 2, Verses 20-21; Hebrews Chapter 3, Verse 4).
    "Bishop" Long is serving his own interests and NOT the True and Living God (Romans Chapter 16, Verse 18). He is another shameful example of self-promotion whose end will be destruction (Phillipians Chapter 3, Verse 19).

    December 5, 2011 at 10:56 am |
    • pockets

      There is no god.

      December 5, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
    • Filling empty pockets with sense

      Pockets, don't generalize God after one man's mistake. Did you say everyone were liars after the first time you were lied too? I hope you dont lead a miserable life like that but if ppl would get to know God for themselves (hint, hint) instead of relying solely on what a mere mortal dictates to them and putting a human in the place of God, ppl would be a lot more discerning.

      December 5, 2011 at 11:47 pm |
    • Carol

      SO SO WELL SAID..& WE ARE NOT TO LISTEN TO THOSE FALSE LEADERS...BUT I DO KNOW THAT IF YOU LIVE FOR THE LORD, HE WILL LEAD YOU TO THE RIGHT CHURCH FOR YOU & YOU WILL SERVE HIM ONLY & NOT MAN..I PRAY EVERYDAY FOR ALL THOSE WHOM ARE LOST & WHOM ARE DISTRUCTIVE IN THE CHURCHES...BUT ITS ONLY BECAUSE THEY ARE MISERABLE WITH THEMSELFS & ARE TRYING TO MAKE EVERYONE ELSE AROUND THEM FEEL THE SAME..IM SORRY TO SAY, BUT THERE IS A HEAVEN TO GAIN & A HELL TO SHUN & FOLKS..WE BETTER BE READY, CAUSE HE IS COMMING BACK SOON FOR HIS CHURCHE & FOR THOSE WHOM ARE NOT READY,WELL I SUGGEST YOU GET READY & KNOW JESUS....GOD BLESS YOU ALL & GIVE YOUR LIFE TO JESUS, BEFORE ITS EVERLASTING TO LATE..HE GAVE US HIS, SO WHY NOT LIVE FOR HIM...

      December 6, 2011 at 2:27 am |
    • Debra Martinez

      Read Matthew 15:7-20.. For it was written .. Isaiah prophesid it about them 732 B.C. E

      Read the Word of God !! The Almight y and get saved by his Holy Spirit caused it is written.. Jer 10:23 to the eearthly
      man * his way does not belong. It does not belong who is walking even to direct his own steps....

      December 13, 2011 at 12:34 pm |
  14. Spring Green

    Once again we have people putting a person so high up on a pedestal that they fail to realize they are being taken advantage of.

    December 5, 2011 at 10:09 am |
  15. BishopPayMe

    One look at this Jheri Curl boy is all you need to know he's a charlatan.......

    December 5, 2011 at 9:58 am |
  16. junie johnson

    lets not judge this monster, leave him to the most high. i hope he rots in hell

    December 5, 2011 at 9:27 am |
    • carolyn

      you say not judge you just called him a monster how do you know what people accuse you of is not always true and truly let God be the judge i wish no harm to anyone because we have to answer to a higher calling you can not hide the truth from God.

      December 5, 2011 at 11:00 am |
    • sam

      @junie – irony at its finest. @carolyn – punctuation, have you heard of it?

      December 5, 2011 at 3:52 pm |
  17. Aleksandr

    who elected him to be a BISHOP?- thats what I wantto know!

    December 5, 2011 at 8:47 am |
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