Eddie Long Accusers Keep Speaking Out, In Spite of Financial Consequences
by Kirsten West-Savali
When Jamal Parris and Spencer LaGrande(pictured) sat down for an interview with the Atlanta Journal Constitution, they stepped into a harsh spotlight that will follow them for the rest of their lives. They are two of the brave young men who, along with Maurice Robinson, Anthony Flagg, and Centino Kemp, accused Bishop Eddie Long,the pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, of s****l abuse.
In the extremely vulnerable and candid conversation, they explained how an alleged “Man of God” manipulated them into unhealthy dependent relationships as children — relationships that turned s****l at their individual ages of consent.
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 that he made me cry when I drove in his cars on the way home, not able to take enough showers to get the smell of that man off my body, says Parris, 24.
That man cannot look in my eyes and tell me that we did not live this pain: you are not a man, you are a monster.