Things just got uglier. Watch the video of Jamal Parris speaking on his sexual relationship with Bishop Long.
The man to the right of Bishop Eddie Long is Miss Sophia (Joe Taylor), formerly of V-103.
Watch the 1st video of the first accuser speak after the skip–it came out yesterday, along w/ TD Jakes‘ response.
According to Fox 5 News and CNN, one of Long’s accusers, Jamal Parris, has come forward publicly to speak on the allegations. Parris is the oldest of the 4 accusers that have come forward and is a former church member and personal assistant. Full interview on Fox is here and CNN’s full story is here. A few snippets below.
“You look at our eyes. You hear the pain in our voice. We have no reason to lie to this man.”
Jamal Parris is one of four young men who have filed sexual misconduct lawsuits against Bishop Eddie Long, accusing him of using scripture and church money to sexually seduce them.
“I loved him,” Parris said. “I’m always going to have love for the things that he taught me. But how he left us hurt worse than anything I ever felt in my life.”
Parris claims in his lawsuit the father-like figure used scripture to justify sex. And he lavished money, cars, jewelry, trips in the Bishop’s private jet, even homes on the teens, sometimes with funds from the church coffers.
“You finally have a father that you’ve always wanted for and always dreamed of,” Parris said. “He would just walk away from you if you don’t give him what he wants. So you end up turning into something you never thought you would be, which is now a slave to a man that you love.”
“So, while the media and the rest of the people around the city, around the country look at us like how could grown men let another man touch him, what you have to understand is this man has manipulated us since childhood,” Parris explained. “This was our father and we loved him.”
“I cannot get the sound of his voice out of my head,” said Parris. “I cannot forget the smell of his cologne. And I cannot forget the way that he made me cry many nights when I drove in his car on the way home, not able to take enough showers to wipe the smell of him off of my body.”
“That man cannot look me in the eye and tell me we did not live this pain. While you can sit in front of the church and tell them that you categorically deny it, you can’t say that to our face,” he said. “And you know this. You are not a man. You are a monster.”
I don’t mean “no harm,” but the church gossip is sort of draining me. Although I love church and all that is holy, I’d rather not sift through sermons and what-not for dirt.
With that said, TD Jakes responds, sorta, to Long’s allegations:
Can’t y’all, see that he’s fake, the rap version of TD jakes Prophesizing on your CDs and tapes And this is with whom you want to place your faith?