As yet another victim comes forward in the lawsuit against Bishop Eddie Long, Jamal Parris (one of the original victims) speaks to Dale Russell of Fox 5 in Atlanta about the allegations of sexual coercion. I’m sorry, but for a “liar” he sounds very confident and matter fact. I just don’t know what to believe, but something is not right coercion or no coercion.
Whereas Bishop Eddie Long has chosen to not deny the allegations out right (but categorically), Jamal Parris is steadfast in his claims that Bishop Eddie Long was a sexual predator.
Why you can sit in front of the church and tell them that you categorically deny it. You can’t say that to our face. And you know this. You are not a man, you are a monster.
If you can’t watch the video, read what Jamal Parris had to say on the next page…
I loved him, I’m always going to have love for the things that he taught me. But how he left us hurt worse than anything I ever felt in my life.
You finally have a father that you’ve always wanted for and always dreamed of. He would just walk away from you if you don’t give him what he wants. So you end up turning into something you never thought you would be, which is now a slave to a man that you love.
So, 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. This was our father and we loved him.
This man turned his back on us when he had no more need for us. That’s not a father, that’s a predator.
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. To really believe this is about money would be absolutely ludicrous.
I cannot get the sound of his voice out of my head. I cannot forget the smell of his cologne. And I cannot forget the way that he made me cry many nights when I drove in his car on the way home, not able to take enough showers to wipe the smell of him off of my body.
But that man can not look me in my eye and tell me we did not live this pain. Why you can sit in front of the church and tell them that you categorically deny it. You can’t say that to our face. And you know this. You are not a man, you are a monster.