Bishop Eddie Long,

9-22-2010 - Third-Lawsuit, "SECRET MARRIAGES" Situation Darkens

Prominent Atlanta attorney B.J. Bernstein released cell phone pictures Wednesday of megachurch pastor Eddie Long – the same day that a third lawsuit was filed accusing the Atlanta-area bishop of sexual abuse.

Three men have come forward accusing Long of coercing them into a sexual relationship.

Bernstein, who represents the three plaintiffs, said the pictures were sent to young men who attended Bishop Long's "Longfellows Youth Academy" for Young Males. She did not specify whether the plaintiffs also received the pictures.

In the latest lawsuit, the plaintiff, Jamal Parris, detailed how Long allegedly gave him his personal cell phone number two weeks after the two first met. Parris also alleged that Long encouraged him to call him "daddy." According to the suit, Parris’ father had not been a positive figure in his life.

Parris said he joined New Birth in 2001.

He said he later became Long’s personal assistant, and that Long would ask him to remain in his private office after church, where Long engaged in sexual misconduct with Parris, according to the suit. Parris said he eventually left the church and later found out from other young male church members that they too had sexual contact with the bishop, according to the suit.

Since the first two lawsuits went public Tuesday, Bernstein said her office has taken several calls and believes that there are other victims. Bernstein said she opened her investigation after getting a call from one of the men.

The first two plaintiffs, Maurice Robinson and Anthony Flagg, claimed that Long used his position as a spiritual counselor and leader to take the young men on trips out of state and performed sexual acts with them. In the lawsuits, the men accuse Long of sexually abusing them, as well as several other young male church members and employees.

3rd Lawsuit Filed Against Bishop Long

The lawsuits also name:

New Birth Missionary Baptist Church
6400 Woodrow Road in Lithonia as a defendant.

At a news conference Tuesday, Bernstein told reporters that the alleged abuse occurred when the plaintiffs were 17 and 18 years old. Robinson and Flagg are now 20 and 21 years old.

Bernstein described Long's relationship with the boys as odd.

SECRET MARRIAGES?

"It was essentially a marriage ceremony where there were candles, (an) exchange of jewelry and biblical quotes given," said Bernstein.

During the conference, Bernstein also revealed that one of the plaintiffs was arrested in connection with a June 13 burglary at New Birth. Channel 2 first reported details of the break-in, in which DeKalb police said two men wearing dark hooded tops and white gloves broke into Long's office and made off with high-end electronics, including Long’s iPad, and jewelry.

Bernstein said she expects Long’s attorneys to bring up that arrest when addressing the abuse allegations.

“Maurice (Robinson) immediately told what he did when he was confronted about it. He returned the black diamonds, the gold, the things that he had in the bishop’s office,” Bernstein said.

“As bad as it is, if it weren’t for that act, I don’t know if we would have known about this because this young man exploded and realized that when he talked to his friends, he wasn’t the only one,” said Bernstein.

“Bishop Long had other spiritual sons who had other relationships with him. It made him angry and confused and combusted in lashing out at the bishop in the only way possible.”

According to the lawsuit, Flagg said Long shared a bedroom on overnight trips and engaged in intimate sexual contact with him. He said Long was also involved in advising and counseling him in areas of his personal life, the lawsuit states.

A spokesman for Long told Channel 2 Action News that Long denies the allegations and later announced that a news conference would take place Thursday to address the matter.

A statement released by Craig Gillen, attorney for Long, said, “Bishop Eddie Long adamantly denies the allegations. It is unfortunate that the two young men have chosen to take this course of action. We are reviewing the complaints and will respond accordingly.”

Channel 2 Action News reporters Tom Jones and Eric Philips visited Long’s church and neighborhood, where many people are expressing a show of support for Long.

One church member told Jones, "I just don't believe it. I know my Bishop."

Philips went to Long's house, but was told he was not there. He spoke with one of Long’s neighbors, who said she “hadn’t seen him [Long] in a while.”

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The Third Lawsuit:

ATLANTA (LALATE) – The Bishop Eddie Long scandal (photos below) used Church funds to buy the men cars and jewelry, claims plaintiff Jamal Parris’ lawsuit. Bishop Eddie Long’s scandal took a new form yesterday as Jamal Parris filed his own lawsuit, the second against Eddie Long, in which Paris claims that Eddie Long abused his authority as a spiritual leader to entice young men that he individually selected all for his personal gratification. Planes, cars, jewelery, were all said to have been given to the plaintiffs by Long, claims Parris, during his alleged pursuit of the young men. Eddie Long, claims Parris, used multiple alleged avenues to get what he wanted.

First, Parris claims that Long used his spiritual authority as Bishop and leader of Defendant’ ministries “to coerce” a specific, finite, group of “certain” young male members of the Church congregation and employees of the ministry. Long would allegedly engage in relations and recast those alleged events as appropriate under the Scriptures. “Defendant Long typically engages in private spiritual ceremony described as a “covenant” between himself and each young Spiritual Son (“The Covenant Ceremony”).”

Bishop Eddie Long Pictures Released by Plaintiff’s AttorneyBishop Eddie Long Photo 1Bishop Eddie Long Photo 2

Thursday news learned that the this select group of men were publicly often seen among the congregation. “Many of the Defendant Long’s victims are known throughout the Church as Spiritual Sons of Defendant Long.” But what allegedly happened behind closed doors was not known by most, claims the suit.

Plaintiffs: Jamal Parris, Maurice Robinson and Anthony FlaggEddie Long Plaintiffs Photos 1Eddie Long Plaintiffs Photos 2Eddie Long Plaintiffs Photos 3

Parris claims it started with Long selecting his alleged prey. “Defendant Long has a patter and practice of signaling out a select group of young male church members.” Parris claims that Long would continually use his clerical authority as bishop “over them” until he was allegedly “ultimately [able to] bring them to a point of engaging in [relations].” In the end, his alleged coercion culminated in “engaging in [intimate relations] and relationships for his own personal … gratification” at the expense of church funds, claims Parris.

Second, Parris claims Long would would use terms like son, and ask to be referred to as “daddy” or “master” as part of his plan.

Third, Parris claims that, while having such relations, Long would claim he would also be protecting them. “The Covenant Ceremony includes an exchange of vows and assurances by Defendant Long that he will forever protect the young man from harm by anyone.”

Fourth, Parris claims Defendant Long allegedly even purchased for the males elaborate gifts with church funds. “Defendant Long uses monetary funds from the accounts of Defendant New Birth and Defendant Longfellows … to entice the chosen Spiritual Sons with cars, clothes, jewelry and electronics.” “Defendant Long’s Spiritual Songs are taken on public and private jets to U.S. and international destinations house in luxury hotels and given access to numerous celebrities including entertainment stars and politicians.”

Long’s attorney Craig Gillen said of the pictures today to V-103’s “Frank And Wanda Morning Show” “The photos don’t corroborate these charges. [Bishop Long] is a health advocate, he’s a weight lifter. He’s a fella, who’s gonna go to work and he’s gonna have on a muscle shirt. And you know he may show up in church in a muscle shirt. There’s nothing really in those photographs that seems to me corroborative of these allegations.”

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