Four of the five men who accused anti-gay Bishop Eddie Long of coercing them into sex when they were as young as 16 are writing a novel based on the scandal.
The book — “Foursaken” — will revolve around “a scandal involving the charismatic preacher of a thriving megachurch,” reported the AJC.
The book’s authors – Spence LeGrande, Jamal Parris, Maurice Robinson and Anthony Flagg – accused the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church leader of sexual coercion in 2010. Long settled with them and fifth accuser Centino Kemp in 2011.
But Long — who marched against gay marriage — was rocked by the scandal that led thousands of people to leave the church.
LeGrande said there should be no doubt who “Foursaken” is based on.
Long continued to deny and avoid the allegations in the years following the suit, including in his final book “The Untold Story: The Story of Adversity, Pain and Resilience.”
“I’m bound by court that I can’t make any statements about that,” he said in a 2016 interview with Steve Harvey.
LeGrande said he was determined that Long wouldn’t have the final word on the scandal. He told the AJC that he and the other accusers (minus Kemp) filed a petition to vacate the arbitration award in DeKalb County.
“We weren’t trying to get out of the agreement as much as we wanted to find out what we could and could not say,” LeGrande said. “(Long) wrote a book. We wanted to see if we could write one, too.”
LeGrande said the book will be available by the end of 2018.
Long died in January 2017 at age 63.