If a blunt, a BMW and a semiautomatic handgun won’t blur the memories of relations with Megadaddy Bishop Eddie Long, how about this: Talk, at length, to a TV news crew and risk your mega-settlement. Sister media companies WSB and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution are in full titillation, pitching their exclusive interviews with Jamal Parris (top photo) and Spencer LeGrande, two of the four men who sued the anti-gay Long last September for lavishing them with graft to get to their groins. WSB airs their exclusive on Wednesday at 5 p.m. The AJC is already leaking some Long (second photo) excerpts:
Nearly one year later, the wounds are still raw for Parris and LeGrande who, along with two other plaintiffs, filed lawsuits last September alleging the charismatic pastor “uses monetary funds from the accounts of New Birth and other corporate and non-profit corporate accounts to entice the young men with cars, clothes, jewelry, and electronics." Each alleged that, once they reached the age of consent, Long coerced them into sexual relationships. “The truth should’ve set [us] free,” said Parris, interviewed along with LeGrande in Miami late last week. “I thought I could cover the pain up. I thought I could move, start over and everything would go away. I was terribly wrong. I’m living a lifestyle meant to crash.”Parris sort of did crash in June when a Florida cop nabbed him in his shiny new $41,000 BMW packing marijuana, clear baggies and a semiautomatic handgun. Earlier this week, a judge gave Parris probation. So, grab a bowl of fresh popcorn and get ready for the latest chapter in this long-running drama to unfold on TV. Let’s see how WSB anchor Monica Pearson works her inflections on this one.