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|Eddie Long accusers speak out about alleged sex abuse|
|by Dyana Bagby|
|August 24, 2011 15:53|
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and WSB-TV have partnered up to bring some eye-opening details of the Eddie Long gay sex scandal that rocked Atlanta and the nation when four men sued the founder of megachurch New Birth Missionary Baptist Church for using his power to coerce them into sexual relationships.
In an AJC story posted to its website today, reporter Christian Boone details the interview with two of Long's accusers — Jamal Parris, 24, and Spencer LeGrande, 23 —that took place in Miami. The entire story will be posted at approximately 5 p.m. on the AJC's website and WSB-TV will broadcast its story also at 5 p.m.
By speaking out, notes the AJC, the two men risk a monetary settlement reached with Long in May.
LeGrande added, "I’m going to tell the world – money does not buy happiness. When you sleep at night, the problems are still there. The money stuff, who cares about the number.”
“I feel like burning [the money]."
The two men said they met Long when they were teens and the sexual relations began when they reached the age of consent. In Georgia, the age of consent is 16.
Parris received a sentence of one-year of probation in Miami on Tuesday for drug charges after pleading guilty to possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. According to the AJC, Parris was arrested June 28 after an officer noticed him driving a white 2011 BMW with no tags. Police found marijuana, $1,250 in cash and a semiautomatic handgun.
The two men told the AJC that they had no stable father figures in their life and Long promised to fill that void for them.
“The day I met him it was like a God moment,” LeGrande said.
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