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Ga. megachurch pastor pledges to fight accusations

LITHONIA, GA (AP) - The pastor of a Georgia megachurch says that he will fight allegations that he lured young men into sexual relationships and that he is not the man being portrayed in the media.

Bishop Eddie Long told a congregation of thousands on Sunday that he has been accused and is under attack. He says "I am not a perfect man, but this thing I'm going to fight."

His statement was met by loud cheers and applause.

Long also says he feels like "David against Goliath." Long told the crowd that he realized people had been waiting on him to speak since the lawsuits were filed.

Four young men have sued Long, claiming he lured them into sexual relationships with gifts and overseas trips when they were 17 and 18 years old.

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