|Fox 5 Atlanta investigative reporter Dale Russell interviewing Jamal Parris, one of Bishop Eddie Long's accusers: myfoxatlanta.com|
ATLANTA, Ga. - A young man who says he received spiritual guidance from Bishop Eddie Long says life with the bishop was like a drug. Jamal Parris told FOX 5's senior I-Team reporter Dale Russell that a father-son relationship turned sexual, and he wants to get the story out to rid himself of the pain and protect others.
"Bishop Long is in the pulpit, Eddie Long is in the private," said Parris. "And we know Eddie Long. That's a whole other man."
Jamal Parris says the charismatic leader of the 10,000-seat megachurch New Birth Missionary Baptist is leading a double life, and he felt it was time to bring it to an end.
"Enough is enough," said Parris. "This man is-- he's done too much damage to the lives of young men and it's time it stops."
In an exclusive interview in Colorado, where he now lives, Jamal Parris painted a picture of a bishop who is adored in public, but in private preys on young, impressionable men, looking for a father figure and love.
"Being around him is almost like a drug," Parris explained. "You can't believe the place you are at in your life and the things you are doing and the cars you are driving, and the people you are meeting. So, it becomes, if I want to continue to feel this love and this power, I'll do whatever my dad wants me to."
Jamal says that what the bishop wanted was sex. He said it began after he became of age, and he said it was constant.
"His house. The hotels. His condos. In the church," Parris said. "In the church, before and after service."
Bishop Long never flatly denied the charges in the lawsuit during last Sunday's sermon, but his attorney has said they are not true.
(Click here to read the full story and watch Dale Russell's interview with Bishop Long accuser Jamal Parris, on the Fox 5 Atlanta/myfoxatlanta.com website.)