Eddie Long is a "predator" who routinely targets and seduces young teenage boys and then "turns his back on them" after he finds younger boys. That's according to Jamal Parris, the 23-year-old Colorado man who was the third of four young men to file suit against Long last week ... and becomes the first to speak publicly.
Parris says he was without a father figure in his life when he joined New Birth Missionary Baptist Church at 14-years-old. Bisnop Eddie Long encouraged the teen to call him "daddy" and lavished him with gifts, cars and money. "You finally have a father that you've always wanted for and always dreamed of," Parris says.
Parris says the anti-gay mega-church pastor seduced him and used Scripture to justify male-to-male sexual activity, which the three other accusers have said as well . "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."
"We would have to be the craziest kids in the world to want to come out and admit to another man touching on us publicly," Parris says. "To really believe this is about money would be absolutely ludicrous."
It's a very compelling interview. And kudos to Jamal Parris for agreeing to speak with reporters. These young men are undoubtedly under a tremendous amount of pressure right now. Watch the FOX Atlanta's WHEN YOU JUMP ...