Antonio Makins is the best friend of Jamal Parris, the third young man who filed suit against Long on Wednesday. The Army veteran says that he witnessed Long "lavish jewelry, gifts, cars and money" on Parris and Parris' mother. Makins says Parris called him "crying" two years ago when he was serving in Afghanistan and told him that Long had seduced him.
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Makins points to an angry Facebook message posted by Parris that apparently calls Long a "monster." "Long needs to be prosecuted," Makins says. "He should not be given the chance to preach or a church.
Eddie LeGrande is the father of Spencer LeGrande, the North Carolina man who filed suit against Long on Friday. LeGrande tells the Journal Constitution that witnessed Bishop Eddie Long take on the role of father to his teenaged son. LeGrande also saw the gifts lavished upon the teenager.
"'He was doing all these things for him. I couldn't compete,' LeGrande said in a phone interview Friday. 'He would call him dad in front of me. That would hurt me.' [LeGrande] heard Wednesday about the other allegations leveled by young men against Long. And he wondered whether his son's name was mentioned. 'He never told me. He never gave me a clue,' said Eddie LeGrande. There were red flags. The trips, the gifts, the attention, he said. 'I'm very upset about it. I'm very hurt about it. I'm very hurt for my son.' If the accusations are true, he said, 'I think he should be banned from his church. I think he should do jail time, and he should pay the victims for the hurt. He should be used as an example.'"
Spokesmen for the embattled pastor call rumors that Bishop Long plans to step down "absolutely false." "Bishop Eddie Long is and will continue to be the senior pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church," spokesman Art Franklin tells CBS Atlanta.
Long will address the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church at both the 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. services on Sunday. The embattled pastor canceled a proposed press conference and radio interviews Thursday morning, after the third lawsuit was announced and "Pastors with iPhones" photos were released.
At least two additional lawsuits against Eddie Long are being prepared, a source close to the investigation tells Rod 2.0.
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