Daily Archives: September 24, 2010

Indeed you are, Alec. And you don’t need a cornball Pink Muscle-T to prove it, like this loser.

eddie

Surely the facts are piling up like a 10-car chain-collision on the I-5.

“A fourth man alleges he had sexual relations with Bishop Eddie Long when he was a teenager.
Spencer LeGrande, named in a civil lawsuit filed Friday, claims he was 17 the first time the two had a sexual relationship while vacationing together in Nairobi, Kenya.
LeGrande, of Charlotte, N.C., alleges that the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church pastor gave him an Ambien, a popular prescription sleep aid, followed by a “prolonged hug,” kissing and rubbing, according to the suit.”

Yes The Boston Rub has never gone out of style. Even in Atlanta.

“The suit claims the two shared a bed for the remainder of their trip.
“Bishop Long categorically denies the charges,” church spokesman Art Franklin said Friday. “We believe that it is unfortunate the young men have chosen to take this course of action. The defense team will review the complaints and respond accordingly at the appropriate time and in the appropriate forum.”
LeGrande, like the three other alleged victims, is represented by attorney B.J. Bernstein. The latest suits claims that Long “uses monetary funds from the accounts of Defendant New Birth and other corporate and non-profit corporate accounts, to entice the young men with cars, clothes, jewelry, and electronics.” “

We know the tune. Even the choreography.

“Spencer LeGrande was 15 when he met Long, the suit alleges. LeGrande and his mother were among the founding members of Long’s satellite church in Charlotte, N.C., Bernstein told the AJC.
Their first meeting was an emotional one, according to the suit. LeGrande, following one of Long’s sermons, told the pastor he found his message moving.
Long hugged LeGrande and the 15-year-old began to cry, at which point the bishop assured him, “I got you” … “I will be your dad,” the suit states. Long’s assistant then collected LeGrande’s contact information and soon after the two began talking regularly.
“Long would become angry if LeGrande failed to call Long on a frequent basis,” according to the suit.”

“Can you hear me now?”

“LeGrande alleges the bishop told him to call me “dad.” Like two of the other alleged victims claiming sexual coercion, LeGrande’s father was not actively involved in the youth’s life.
After a second trip to Kenya, Long encouraged LeGrande to move to Atlanta and attend Beulah Heights University, the suit states. Le Grande agreed, abandoning a potential college basketball career.
The boy’s mother, Deborah LeGrande, wrote him a letter thanking him for looking after her son, according to the suit.
LeGrande, who alleges he was showered with gifts, including a Dodge Intrepid, was expected to “have no girlfriends.” In return his tuition and expenses at Beulah were covered, the suit alleges.
Long, who introduced the freshman college student to celebrities including Winnie Mandela, was allowed to live, rent-free, in the Harwell House, owned by New Birth minister Anthony Moman, who, the suit claims, “knew of Long’s sexually inappropriate conduct.” LeGrande and Long maintained their intimate relationship, according to the suit.
After a few months, Parsons was moved to a church-owned community center on Parsons Road. The suit alleges the two had sex in that home along with other church properties, including the bishop’s private office.
Their relationship crumbled in early 2009 as LeGrande became “disillusioned and confused by Long’s actions and began pulling away from [the bishop],” according to the suit. Around that time, LeGrande dropped out of Beulah University and sought to distance himself from Long.”

Breaking up is hard to do. Isn’t that right Eddie?

” “From the Spring of 2009 up through October 2009, Defendant Long continued to contact Plaintiff LeGrande,” the suit states.
Long is charged with breach of fiduciary duty; negligence; fraud; infliction of emotional distress and other counts based on sexual acts. LongFellows Youth Academy is not named in this suit as it was in the previous three. “

So we’re now up to four — and counting.

Sing us out Norma Jean!