Nearly six years ago, Bishop Eddie Long was accused of engaging in sexual misconduct, ranging from sensual massages to oral copulation, by four young men who were members of his Atlanta-area megachurch.
In 2011, Long reached a settlement with several men who claimed the pastor took them on trips, and gave them gifts including jewelry, electronics, cars, and clothes to convince them to have sex with him.
Despite denying the claims, Long agreed to pay his accused an undisclosed amount while he tried to rebuild his image and his ministry.
While he has stayed mostly mum about the accusations in years past, Long appeared on Steve Harvey’s talk show on Wednesday to tell the “Untold Story”–which, coincidentally, also happens to be the title of his new book (that he really, really wants you to buy).
During his appearance, Harvey got right to the point, asking the question everyone wanted to know: did Long have sex with the young men?
While he’s claimed innocence in the past, this time around, Long gave a different answer.
“I’m bound by court that I can’t answer,” he told Harvey, who asked the preacher to give a simple yes or no response. “I can’t make any statements about that.”
Long’s comment seemed odd, particularly because he was on the show to discuss “the untold truth” about the allegations he now claimed he was unable to comment on.
Predictably, his lack of answers did not satisfy viewers on social media.
why is Eddie Long on steve harvey when he just saying he can't talk about what we really want to know
— Ricky (@UrbanSkribbles) May 25, 2016
2 minutes into this Eddie Long interview and my face is turned all the way up.
— Kari (@peacepowerlight) May 25, 2016
I really can't believe Eddie long still has a church like wtf
— Tear (@Tee_Suave) May 25, 2016
Saw Eddie Long on The Steve Harvey Show. Moral of the story: Practice what you preach! You're a "Pastor" 7 days a week not just on Sunday.
— Nicole (@MzDivah67) May 25, 2016
Eddie Long is guilty as sin.
— Jennifer (@JJuneA) May 25, 2016
If #eddielong was a decent human he'd resign And disappear… But the vain glorious money grubber just can't help himself.
— ғяєє-Ԁomє~MєʟoԀy (@AlittleSapphire) May 25, 2016
Bishop Eddie Long what are u saying either u did or u didn't #SteveHarveyShow
— AuntieMama (@kdnewell11) May 25, 2016
@IAmSteveHarvey Eddie Long is Testi-lying today
— Gabrielle Williams (@troysgirl) May 25, 2016
— Tracée Mahree (@Tracee_Maree) May 25, 2016
I don't need no "Untold Story" from Eddie Long to kno what went down with him and them boys pic.twitter.com/9200XwNYUT
— TheAverageBlackMan™ (@TheAvgBlackMan) May 25, 2016
While many are questioning Long’s decision to appear on Harvey’s show, the pastor said he hopes his story will inspire others.
— Everything Exclusive (@EExMAGAZINE) May 25, 2016
What are your thoughts on the Eddie Long saga?