According to The Christian Post, two of the young men with whom Eddie Long had sexual relations - after he had selected them from his church’s youth group, in order to “mentor” them - have finally spoken out about the affairs.
When the scandal first broke, Long famously pretended that he himself was the victim, likening himself to David against Goliath:
I’ve been accused, I’m under attack. I want you to know, as I said earlier, that I am not a perfect man. But this thing, I’m going to fight. And I want you to know one other thing: I feel like David against Goliath. But I’ve got five rocks and I haven’t thrown one yet.
- Eddie Long
However, when it it became clear that Eddie Long had got his rocks off with the young men, Long – who has accumulated some wealth as a televangelist and church minister – pulled a Michael Jackson. Long attempted to silence his young lovers in May 2011, by paying them hush money in a “settlement”.
And now, it seems, Long’s young male partners have discovered that money does not necessarily buy peace of mind. Spencer Le Grande and Jamal Parris have broken their silence, and renounced the hush money paid by Long (although, not going so far as to give any of it back), claiming that “Uncle Eddie” is really the Goliath in all this, and that they are the David:
“If you read the Bible again, mister, we are David,” Le Grande told the CNN affiliate. “We weren’t more than kids who went to the church to learn about God.”
- Eryn Sun, “Two Victims Break Silence About Bishop Eddie Long’s Sexual Abuse”, The Christian Post, 26 August 2011
Spencer Le Grande and Jamal Parris also promise to deliver the final blow to Eddie Long: they are writing a tell-all book about their experiences at his church.