Damaging new claims are coming from one of the four young men who claimed Bishop Eddie Long lured them into a sexual relationship when they were teenagers. Jamal Parris tells Fox5 Atlanta that some of their sexual encounters took place inside the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, where Long is the pastor, both before and after church services. Parris also alleges that he received jewelry, gifts and cash from church coffers, and that some church officials knew. Fox5 interviewed Parris in Colorado, where he now lives. Parris told reporter Dale Russell that he had a father-son relationship with Long at first, then it turned sexual after he turned 16.
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.”