Another Long Accuser: 'I Pray for the Bishop'

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Another man who filed a lawsuit claiming sexual abuse by Bishop Eddie Long has spoken out, saying he prays for the megachurch pastor because he "knows the truth."

Spencer LeGrande said he was just 15 when he and his family joined New Birth Charlotte -- Long's satellite church in Huntersville, N.C.

LeGrande's lawsuit alleges Long took him on trips to Africa and engaged in intimate sexual contact with him in several locations around Atlanta -- including the bishop's private office.

"This is a hard time for the world. I have no hate for anyone because God doesn't produce hate," LeGrande told a reporter from WSB-TV Atlanta. "I pray for everyone, especially bishop, cause he knows the truth. He knows the truth."

LeGrande said he didn't know about the three other claims of sexual coercion against Bishop Long until he heard about them in the news.

Click play for an updated report with CBN News' Mark Martin.

The 22-year-old didn't want to comment on the bishop's statements made to his congregation last Sunday, but said he is at peace now that the truth is out.

"I wasn't free till I came out with it," he said. "That's when my life's been much better. This last week has been free."

LeGrande said his attorney advised all of the victims not to comment on the specifics of the lawsuit at this time.

Bishop Long continues to deny the allegations against him.  This week he spoke out for a second time to his New Birth Missionary Baptist Church congregation in Lithonia, Ga.

"I want you to pick up something that the older folks used to say... and that is I'm going to run on," Long said.

"I'm not speaking about individuals and all of that, this is spiritual warfare," he added in response to questions of why he hasn't addressed the allegations directly.

A different Long accuser -- Jamal Parris-- also opened up to a reporter, calling Bishop Long a "monster."

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