Jamal Parris tells the Atlanta local Fox news station WAGA that he still has love for Eddie Long. “I loved him and I’m always going to have love for the things he taught us, but how he left us hurt worse than anything I ever felt in my life.”
The first to publicly speak out, Parris is one of four men currently suing the pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in a state court with claims that Long abused his “spiritual authority” when they were teenagers by giving them lavish gifts like cars, trips, and cash to lure them into a sexual relationship.
Parris was reluctant to speak at first when approached by a reporter outside a store in Colorado. He then revealed that Long is a predator who exploited his dreams for a father figure in exchange for sexual favors.
The young man says, “This man turned his back on us when he had no more need for us,” Parris tells Fox. “That’s not a father, that’s a predator.”
Parris continues stating that he can’t forget the sound of Long’s voice, and the smell of his cologne.
“I cannot forget the way he made me cry many nights when I drove in his cars on the way home. I’m not able to take enough showers to wipe the smell of him off my body.”