ATLANTA (AP) — One of the young men accusing a megachurch pastor of coercing him into a sexual relationship told a TV interviewer he loved the pastor, but nevertheless calls him a "predator."
Jamal Parris is one of four men suing Bishop Eddie Long, claiming that he abused his "spiritual authority" and gave them cars, clothes, cash and trips to lure them into sexual relationships while they were teen members of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in suburban Atlanta.
Parris told Atlanta's Fox TV affiliate WAGA that he considers Long a predator who exploited his dreams for a father figure in exchange for sexual favors. The station interviewed Parris in Colorado this week.
Parris' attorney declined comment. An attorney for Long was not immediately available Tuesday.
Information from: WAGA-TV, http://www.wagatv.com/index.shtml