Bishop Eddie Long of the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church reached a settlement with his four accusers in the sexual coercion lawsuits filed against him. It was reported that Long agreed to pay $24.8 million to his four accusers to make the matter go away.
When the allegations broke, the embattled Bishop vowed to fight to the end. “I feel like David against Goliath, but I’ve got five rocks and I haven’t thrown one yet,” Long told his congregation last year. However, Long ended up taking the short road and not throwing one, single rock. He entered into mediation, and paid off his accusers instead of going to trial.