ATLANTA — The wife of Bishop Eddie Long, the famed DeKalb County megachurch preacher accused of sexual involvement with young men, has backtracked on an announcement to divorce her husband.
“After a great deal of deliberation and prayer, I have decided to terminate my marriage to Bishop Eddie L. Long,” Long’s wife, Vanessa, said in a Friday morning statement.
She said she filed for divorce Thursday and hoped it would move along smoothly, but soon after, she issued a statement saying she was “withdrawing her petition for divorce.”
In June, Bishop Long’s church, New Birth Missionary Baptist, denied rumors that his wife was moving out. The previous month, Long reached a settlement with four men who accused him of sexual abuse.Former church members Maurice Robinson, Anthony Flagg, Jamal Parris and Spencer LeGrande filed lawsuits against Long in September 2010, saying he coerced them into sexual acts with gifts and money. They said some of the encounters were on lavish trips across the globe.
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