A war of words has erupted between both sides of the controversial sex case against metro Atlanta megachurch bishop Eddie Long. An attorney representing the embattled New Birth Missionary Baptist Church pastor has accused the four young men who have filed lawsuits claiming sexual impropriety – and their lawyer – of “attempting to try their lawsuits in the media.” The accusations from Long’s lawyer Craig Gillen follow the airing of WAGA-TV’s interview Tuesday night with Jamal Parris. In a statement Gillen told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: “There are rules on how civil litigation is to take place and how counsel should conduct themselves, we intend to follow those rules.” In the taped interview outside a Colorado grocery store Parris said that he loved the Lithonia pastor but now considers him “a monster.”
Allegations of sexual misconduct continue to stack up against the nationally-known pastor of a 25,000-member metro Atlanta megachurch. The day after two men accused New Birth Baptist Church Bishop Eddie Long of using his power to force them into a sexual relationship, a third man has filed a similar lawsuit. Anthony Flagg, 20, and Maurice Robinson, 21, claim the Lithonia pastor placed them and other men on the church’s payroll, bought them cars and other gifts, took them on lavish trips and provided access to celebrities in exchange for sexual acts, according to the suits filed in DeKalb County Superior Court. Long engaged in sexual touching that escalated to oral sodomy and “other acts of sexual gratification,” the initial suits claim. Both men were past the legal age of consent in Georgia — which is 16 — when the alleged incidents happened.