Steve Harvey asks Eddie Long if he had sexual relations with any of his accusers

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This week, Bishop Eddie Long was interviewed on the “Steve Harvey Show,” and while he was open to talking about such deep personal subjects as his struggles with suicidal thoughts, he refused to answer questions about the allegations of sexual abuse that have plagued him and his ministry.

Harvey asked Long about the allegations brought against him in 2010 by Anthony Flagg, Spencer LeGrande, Jamal Parris and Maurice Robinson. The four men said that he coerced them into sexual relations by leveraging his influence and also showering them with gifts.

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But when asked, the senior pastor at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia said that he could not talk about the allegations because of the terms of the settlement that was reached in 2011.

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He described his experience after the allegations as an ongoing chess game. He said that he wanted to tell the members of his congregation what was happening but was prevented because of the terms of the settlement.

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At one point, he said, he felt his path was so dark that he considered suicide.

“When you’re going through something, the shouts of your haters seem to be louder and more multiplied than the people who are with you,” Long said.