Bishop Eddie Long Wants Settlement Money Back
Bishop Eddie Long and his New Birth Missionary Baptist church are trying to recoup settlement payments from three of his accusers.
A letter was sent to accusers Centino Kemp, Spencer LeGrande and Jamal Parris from Long’s attorneys saying that they planned to collect at least $1 million from each of them for speaking out on the closed case and breaking their confidentiality agreement.
According to The Atlanta Journal Constitution, the letter could simply be a threat.
Atlanta litigator Hayden Pace tells the publication,
“No one’s going to turn over the money just simply because you’ve asked for it. You’re going to have to earn it back by establishing your right to it in the courts.”
Both LeGrande and Parris spoke with The AJC in August and confirmed that they’re releasing a tell-all book.
“I’m going to tell the world – money does not buy happiness,” LeGrande said. “When you sleep at night, the problems are still there. The money stuff, who cares about the number.I feel like burning [the money].” he said.
Parris, LeGrande and Kemp declined to comment on the letters received this week