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|Eddie Long's 'fifth accuser' in sex scandal writes book; screenplay in works|
|by Dyana Bagby|
|September 12, 2011 13:57|
Centino Kemp, who was identified as the fifth accuser in the Eddie Long sex scandal that involved four young men suing the world-known preacher and founder of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church for sexual coercion, has written a book about his experience being "seduced by a powerful religious figure who becomes not only the father figure he never had, but also his lover."
The synopsis reads:
"The First Lady" is the story of Centino Kemp. A talented young man born in the Bahamas, it explores Kemp's upbringing in a highly Christian family. As a youth, he longs to find the closeness with his family that is sorely missing all while coping with the absence of his father. Centino's adverse relationships with the male figures in his life or lack of, combined with the in and out role of his mother as she chased after men during his adolescence, led to his struggles with his own sexuality.
Then at the tender age of 16, Centino heads to the United States to attend college. Alone in this new country, minus guidance or a nurturing figure, Centino is seduced by a powerful religious figure who becomes not only the father figure he never had, but also his lover. Centino is offered the best that life has to offer, but at what cost? His soul becomes tortured as he is forced to deal with the realm of emotions and situations he never thought he would encounter.
In this story of love, lust, power, extravagant living and travel, betrayal, deceit, rape, down-low homosexual lifestyle, molestation, church corruption, secret societies, suicide attempts and religion, Centino Kemp gives you an in depth look into the pain, sorrow, trials and triumphs of his first twenty-two years on earth, and how he ultimately came to be known as "The First Lady."
A spokesperson for Capitol Broadcast Shows Television Network told GA Voice today the book is finished but could not release a publish date. A screenplay of the book is currently in the works as well, the spokesperson said.
Two accusers, Jamal Parris and Spencer LeGrande, have already spoken publicly about how they were forced into sexual relationships as teens by Long. The young men spoke out despite a confidentiality agreement stipulated in the lawsuit settlement Long reached with his accusers in May.
In a posting on New Birth Missionary Baptist Church's website, Long himself said he would abide by the settlement agreement and not speak publicly about what happened.
Long, who led a march of thousands through the streets of Atlanta protesting, among other issues, gay marriage, continues to be supported by the thousands of members of his church.
Long has denied the accusations.
Read portions of a press release about the book and screenplay here.
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