*A New Birth church official spoke to Atlanta’s Channel 2 about the allegations surrounding Bishop Eddie Long and the assumption that church members knowingly ignored claims of sexual abuse. Darius Wise said that if anyone had known about the alleged sexual impropriety, someone would have said something.

“If indeed there were people aware of this kind of situation, they would have been reported. So there’s no way that individuals here at New Birth could have been aware of those kind of allegations and not communicate,” said New Birth Chief Ministry Officer Darius Wise.

As for as the released cell phone pictures showing a buff Bishop Long, Wise said that for Long to be as conscious as he is about his health it’s not uncommon for him to take a picture of himself.

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