Two accusers, Jamal Parris & Spencer LaGrande spoke up on Channel 2 news last month, stating that they just wanted closure from the Bishop in the form of an acknowledgement.
Centino Kemp, the 5th accuser, was able to quietly get in on a piece of the “hush money” action in late May, but was outed by I-Team news reporters as they dug deeper into the case.
[Sidebar: Are there still any people who attend that church, because I swear just when you think it can’t get any worse… POW!! Right in the kisser!]
A letter sent earlier this week by the Atlanta law firm Drew Eckl & Farnham, alleges that Parris, LeGrande and Kemp all violated the terms of their confidentiality agreement outlined in the settlement between them, Long and New Birth Missionary Baptist Church.
Because each of the three men spoke publicly about the case, the firm is seeking at least $900,000 already paid the three accusers.
According to the AJC, that figure is merely a portion of the total settlement between long and the three men.
Financial terms of that settlement have not been disclosed but, based on the letter and the fact each of the young men were paid equitably, the total comes to at least $1.5 million.
The letter outlines the plaintiffs’ “demand for arbitration” though no legal documents have yet been filed.
The letter could simply be a threat, said Atlanta litigator Hayden Pace.
“No one’s going to turn over the money just simply because you’ve asked for it,” Pace said. “You’re going to have to earn it back by establishing your right to it in the courts.”
When Parris and LeGrande spoke about the case last month, they each acknowledged the risks involved but said that they didn’t care about the dough, stating:
“I’m going to tell the world – money does not buy happiness,” LeGrande said in August.
“When you sleep at night, the problems are still there. The money stuff, who cares about the number.”
“I feel like burning [the money].”
Parris and LeGrande even revealed back in August that they were collaborating on a tell-all that will reveal intimate details of their relationship with Long. (Yessssss!!! I can’t wait!)
I say give back the dough and recoup it all in book sales. I’ll even help them market that muthaflocka…. (for a small fee of course).
What’s the word? Should these 3 accusers give Long back his hush money since they can’t seem to hush?