“That man cannot look me in the eye and tell me we did not live this pain. You are not a man. You are a monster.”
J amal Parris, one of the four men who’ve accused Bishop Eddie Long of coercing them into sex, has spoken out, calling Bishop Long a “predator” and a “monster.”
Jamal Parris, a former church employee and personal assistant to Bishop Long, claims Bishop Long swept into his life and used him for sex and moved on to younger prey. “I cannot get the sound of his voice out of my head, and I cannot forget the smell of his cologne, and I cannot forget the way he made me cry when I drove in his car on the way home, not able to take enough showers to get the smell of that man off my body,” Jamal said.
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Addressing his congregation again on Tuesday night at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, Bishop Eddie Long again stopped short of directly addressing the sexual allegations made against him. “I’m not speaking about the individuals and all of that,” he said. “This is spiritual warfare. I’m here to tell you whatever God spoke about me, whatever God said about me, it shall come to pass”
Bishop Long said that if people believed media reports, “I’d be scared to show up, I’d be scared to look at you. But there’s something in me bigger than the situation.”
Bishop Long’s Attorney, Craig Gillen said today that the accusers and their lawyers were unfairly trying the pastor in the media. “The appropriate place to try lawsuits is in the courtroom,” Gillen said. “There are rules on how civil litigation is to take place and how counsel should conduct themselves, we intend to follow those rules.”
Bishop Long, has also hired famed private investigator T.J. Ward. He’s investigated some of the highest profile missing persons cases in the country. “I was called by attorney Dwight Thomas,” Ward said. “They said they needed somebody that was experienced in doing investigations to look into these allegations that have been brought against Bishop Eddie Long and the church.”