No, you the Goliath! Eddie Long’s young male lovers claim they are David and Eddie is Goliath

Caravaggio - Spencer with the Head of Eddie Long

Caravaggius redivivus – Spencer with the Head of Eddie Long

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.

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3 responses to “No, you the Goliath! Eddie Long’s young male lovers claim they are David and Eddie is Goliath

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  2. … “I thought I could cover the pain up,” Parris shared in an exclusive interview with CNN Atlanta affiliate WSB … and told WSB that they plan to write a tell-all book about what really happened.

    The sin is obvious here; it’s as red as the blood of the lamb.

    Pastor Long allegedly clearly forgot the first rule of paying off alleged victims of sexual abuse which is to make sure that no one else can come along and outbid you. I mean, religion is big business and Atlanta’s a big city. After the alleged deed is no time to be stingy. £1,000,000 today can save you twice that in legal fees should the matter come to court.

    Payment in installments is a good idea too; it stops them hiding the money overseas and then pretending as if you never made an agreement in the first place. if your congregation has a Messianic Jewish accountant he should be able to hide that in the payroll each month. Shit, even an Armenian accountant should be able to do that.

    Having said that, fronting up a lump sum at the start of the payoff-by0installment is a very good idea too, especially if you’re dealing with quite young alleged abuse victims (I mean not so young that you need to pay off their parents, but young enough to be making bad financial decisions as well as bad life decisions which is how these things allegedly start sometimes). Often a kid will use that money to put a down payment on a car or a house and you then have the additional leverage of what amounts to basically taking out a mortgage over their life if they screw with you.

    This last point is common practice in the music business, too; I’ll lend you money to record the album you’re gonna make for me. You need to pay me back this money through sales before you even get a taste of profit. The idea is always to shift the balance of risk away from the alleged abuser (pastor/record label) onto the alleged victim (choirboi/musician).

  3. gigimarie

    eddie, whatever you have sewn you are going to reap. You’ve been calling yourself a bishop/pastor. “Pride goes before the destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall.

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