One of Bishop Long's Accusers Breaks Silence

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One of the four men who have accused prominent Atlanta pastor Eddie Long of sexual abuse broke his silence in a televised interview on Tuesday.

Jamal Parris told Atlanta's Fox TV affiliate WAGA that the man he once viewed as a father was "a monster."

"I loved him and I'm always going to have love for the things he taught us," Parris said. "But how he left us hurt worse than anything I ever felt in my life."
Parris is one of four former members of Long's New Birth Missionary Baptist Church who have alleged the megachurch pastor coerced them into sexual relationships while they were teens.

At age 23, he is the oldest of the plaintiffs and the first to talk publicly about his alleged relationship with the bishop.

"His presence alone is seduction to a young man without a father," Parris said.

"It's almost like a drug," he continued. "You can't believe the place that you are at in your life and the things that you are doing and the cars that you are driving and the people that you're meeting."

"So it becomes if you want continue feeling this love, I will do whatever my dad wants me to," he said.

On Sunday, Long addressed his accusers before packed a church, saying he felt like David facing a giant with a slingshot.

"But I've got five rocks," Long told his congregation. "And I haven't thrown one yet."
Parris said he wishes the bishop would talk to him man to man.

"That man cannot look me in the eye and tell me that we did not live this pain," Parris said. "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. You are not a man. You are a monster."
Atlanta defense attorney Gerald Griggs said it's going to take more than talk, and even questionable photographs, to prove this case.  

"From what's come forward right now, there's no physical evidence," Griggs said. "And anytime a sex case that you don't have physical evidence, it's very, very difficult to prove."
Long's legal battle could take months to play out in court. But according to Ron Luce, founder of Teen Mania Ministries, there are already lessons for many to learn.
"For those of us in ministry, let's be smart," Luce said. "If you're never alone with a person, no one can ever make an accusation. Whether it is same sex or opposite sex - even in the elevator - you are never alone and no one can make that accusation."

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