Pastor Eddie Long: Bryan Tamaki mentor and accused sex offender dies

LeGrande and Parris were two of four former members of Long’s New Birth Missionary Baptist Church who filed a lawsuit against Long. The lawsuit claimed that once the men reached the age of consent, Long “used monetary funds from the accounts of New Birth and other corporate and nonprofit corporate accounts to entice the young men with cars, clothes, jewelry and electronics.”

All of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit said that Long had waited until they were around 14 years old to first approach them as a “father” figure, but that sexual advances started when they were 17.

The lawsuit, which was settled for an undisclosed amount, and allegations of Long’s being gay loomed even at the time of Long’s death Sunday and had many people speculating that it wasn’t cancer that killed Long, but AIDS.