Attorneys representing New Birth Missionary Baptist Church and disgraced anti-gay mega-church pastor "Bishop" Eddie Long have informed three of the five young men who accused the pastor of sexual misconduct that they "intend to recover" their financial settlement, reports the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
The letter, sent this week by the Atlanta law firm Drew Eckl & Farnham, alleges that Jamal Parris [left], Spencer LeGrande [right] and Centino Kemp violated terms of a confidentiality agreement outlined in the settlement with Long and New Birth Missionary Baptist Church. The firm is seeking at least $900,000 already paid the three accusers, according to people involved in the settlement but not authorized to speak publicly. That figure is a portion of the total settlement with the three men.
Financial terms of that settlement have not been disclosed but, based on the letter and the fact each of the young men were paid equitably, the total comes to at least $1.5 million. The letter outlines the plaintiffs' "demand for arbitration" though no legal documents have yet been filed.
The letter could simply be a threat, said Atlanta litigator Hayden Pace. "No one's going to turn over the money just simply because you've asked for it," Pace said. "You're going to have to earn it back by establishing your right to it in the courts." ...
Parris, LeGrande and Kemp declined to comment on the letters received this week. Each has announced plans to write a book, with Parris and LeGrande telling the AJC they were collaborating on a tell-all that will reveal details of their relationship with Long.
Twenty-four-year-old Jamal Parris and 23-year-old Spencer LeGrande were among the four cases initially filed against the disgraced anti-gay mega-church pastor last fall. The four young men—Maurice Robinson, Jamal Parris, Anthony Flagg and Spencer LeGrande—filed sexual coercion lawsuits against Long and New Birth Missionary Baptist Church. Read the complaints HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE.
Centino Kemp later came forward with more allegations.
A judge dismissed the lawsuits on May 27, one day after both sides announced they agreed to a settlement. The parties agreed not to disclose the dollar amount.
Parris and LeGrande broke their silence in late August when they spoke to AJC and WSB-TV. Both said that they were aware they were jeopardizing their settlement. "Money does not buy happiness," said LeGrande. "When you sleep at night, the problems are still there."
So much for Long and his five rocks. What's done in the dark will come to light.
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