Eddie Long’s wife calls off divorce

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The divorce petition filed by Vanessa Long against controversial preacher Eddie Long, pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, has been dismissed, according to court filings posted online that were later confirmed by the minister’s lawyer.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution says

The online postings in the case of “Long vs. Long” dated Monday indicate the petition was dismissed “without prejudice.”

One of Bishop Eddie Long’s lawyers, Lawrence Cooper, confirmed to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that Vanessa Long had asked that the divorce petition be dismissed. He declined to say if the Longs were reunited. In an emailed response to the AJC, Vanessa Long’s lawyers declined to comment.

It is the second time in three months that Vanessa Long has called off plans to divorce the popular DeKalb County minister, who has battled accusations of improper sexual relationships with male members of his congregation.

Long, who has repeatedly denied the allegations, settled lawsuits filed by several of those members last year. […]

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This post was last updated: Feb. 21, 2012