Mediation underway in bishop abuse case

ATLANTA (AP) - Mediation is under way between a Georgia megachurch pastor and the four young men who are accusing him of sexual misconduct.

New Birth Missionary Baptist Church attorney Barbara Marschalk says that the first mediation session between Bishop Eddie Long and the accusers has ended and that more could soon be scheduled.

Attorney B.J. Bernstein, who represents the plaintiffs, declined to comment. She said the court-ordered mediation should remain private.

Long has denied the accusations, filed last year in DeKalb County, and has vowed to fight them. If the mediation does not reach a resolution, the case could go to trial later this year.

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