A third lawsuit alleging sexual coercion as been filed against Atlanta-based anti-gay mega-church pastor Eddie Long, sources tell R20 and confirmed by CNN and the Journal Constitution. The lawsuit was filed by former church member Jamal Parris and the allegations are similar to the two actions filed Tuesday.
Parris joined New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in 2001, when he was 14. Long counseled Parris when the latter talked about his strained relationship with his father and got him a job as a summer camp counselor at New Birth, the suit states. The suit, also filed by attorney B.J. Bernstein, claims Long engaged in sexual acts with Parris. The young man eventually became a church employee and served as personal assistant to Long and traveled with him, the suit says. The pastor continued to engage in sexual activity with Parris, the suit says. It says Parris left the church in late 2009, "disillusioned, confused and angry about his relationship with Defendant Long." The bishop manipulated and deceived Parris into thinking that the acts were a "healthy component of his spiritual life," the suit states.
"The relationship turned sexual after 2004, the lawsuit claims, when Parris, who by then was 17 and had started working at New Birth as Long's personal assistant, accompanied the pastor on trips across the country in the church's private plane and made private visits to his DeKalb County guesthouse and living area at the megachurch.According to the suit, in 2009, Parris — whom Long allegedly encouraged to call him "Daddy" — started a relationship with a girlfriend, distanced himself from the pastor, and ultimately left the church."
The suit names Eddie Long, New Birth Missionary Baptist Church and the LongFellows Youth Academy.
In two other suits filed Tuesday, Anthony Flagg and Maurice Robinson claimed Long "coerced" numerous young men enrolled in his Longfellows Academy "into engaging in sexual acts and relationships for his own personal sexual gratification." The suits allege Long used church funds to give them cash, gifts and cars. Read the complaints HERE and HERE.
Sources indicate other young men are considering coming forward. Sources also tell Rod 2.0 the FBI is involved and investigating the financial angle of the case. More details as they develop ...