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ATLANTA — In his first interview since four young men accused him of sexual misconduct, Bishop Eddie Long spoke to the media about hope and the future.

He agreed to answer a few questions following the Trumpet Awards prayer breakfast at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Atlanta.

First, Long’s representatives made it clear that he would not answer questions about the accusations against him or the ongoing mediation.

But Long was clearly pleased with the positive reception he got from the crowd at the Hyatt. Long was introduced by one of the spiritual honorees, Corey “CoCo Brother” Condrey, an Atlanta-based syndicated radio personality who can be heard on Praise 102.5.

“In the midst of adversity right now, we’re praying for him and we love him. Ladies and gentleman, Bishop Eddie Long.”

Long would not speak about allegations made by the four young men who used to call him their spiritual father. They claim the bishop used his influence over them to make sexual advances, some during overnight trips. But after the prayer breakfast, Long was clearly focused on the positive.

All four of the lawsuits against the bishop and his church are still pending. A judge ordered both sides to agree on a mediator by the end of this month, and mediation is scheduled to begin in February.

Read more at WSBTV.com.

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