September 22nd, 2010
03:00 PM ET

Third lawsuit filed against Atlanta pastor Eddie Long

A third suit alleging sexual relationships with young men was filed against Pastor Eddie Long on Wednesday.

A third lawsuit has been filed against Atlanta-based megachurch pastor Eddie Long, alleging coercion, deception and manipulation that involved a sexual relationship with a young male, CNN has learned.

Through a spokesman earlier on Tuesday, Long denied similar allegations in two other lawsuits filed over the past two days.

"We categorically deny the allegations," he said. "It is very unfortunate that someone has taken this course of action. Our law firm will be able to respond once attorneys have had an opportunity to review the lawsuit."

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Filed under: Christianity • Church • Georgia • Homosexuality • Leaders • Pastors • Scandal • Sex abuse

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