Bishop Eddie Long opened up to the media after the Trumpet Awards prayer breakfast in Atlanta this past weekend, his first public interview since sexual abuse accusations were made against him last fall.

Long’s representatives stated that the Bishop would not be speaking about the case in question. However, he remained positive with his response and fed off the positivity of the crowd, which applauded him after the breakfast.

“That’s a wonderful, wonderful-like family reunion of people coming together. And celebrating there is a great future, there is a great hope and we live in a great country with great people,” Long said in an interview with WSB-TV. He spoke about the event and the influential people that had gathered together.

“It’s a wonderful celebration of a time when our nation needs hope, when people need to see people who rise up and are doing great things and actually making a difference in someone’s life,” Long said.

In fall of 2010, four young men, who claimed they once called Long their “spiritual father”, accused the Bishop of sexual misconduct. Lawsuits against the Bishop and his church are still pending in courts.

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