Bishop Eddie Long, the beleaguered church leader accused of sexual misconduct and other misdeeds, passed last Sunday at the age of 63. Four men who were connected to the bishop released a statement and said they will detail their journey via a new book titled Foursaken.
The AJC spoke with the four men, now all in their 20s, who accused Long of sexual coercion and abuse and together they issued an exclusive group statement to the publication. Jamal Parris, Spencer LeGrandem Maurice Robinson, and Anthony Flagg were all members of the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church as boys and filed a high-profile lawsuit against Long in 2010.
The men say that supporters have been reaching out to them since the news of Long’s death and they are joined together in delivering their side of the story when they feel the time is right.
From the AJC:
“As much as we’d like to make a statement about the passing of Bishop Eddie Long, we’ve all decided to remain silent, for now,” Long’s accusers said in a joint response given exclusively to The AJC. They said Jamal Parris, the fourth former New Birth member to sue Long, also consented to the statement.
“We’re all brothers in this,” LeGrande said.
Their statement concluded, “Our perspectives will be addressed in our book, Foursaken, which we hope to release soon.”
LeGrande said they’re still shopping for a publisher. The book will focus on their lives after breaking ties with the controversial bishop, who consistently denied the allegations against him.
A fifth accuser, Centino Kemp settled with Long’s attorneys out of court when the case when to mediation.