The death of Bishop Eddie Long conjured mixed emotions. Some paid homage to Long for his contributions to the religious community and service as leader of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church. However, some continued to ridicule Long for allegedly molesting several teenage boys.
Two of the young men who accused Long of molestation, Maurice Robinson and Anthony Flagg, have decided to write a tell-all book about their encounters with Long. In a statement to the Atlanta-Journal Constitution, Robinson and Flagg said, “As much as we’d like to make a statement about the passing of Bishop Eddie Long, we’ve all decided to remain silent, for now.”
Robinson and Flagg said their perspectives will be given in a book titled, Foursaken.
In 2011, Long was initially charged with sexual misconduct after Robinson, Flagg, Jamal Parris and Spencer LeGrande revealed that they were abused by the church leader.
In an interview with WSB, LeGrande and Parris spoke about how Long lured them with money and gifts when they were in their early teens. After enticing the teens with cars and clothes for years, he eventually used his power to control the young men. He kept the teens isolated by telling them not to speak with girls, friends, or family. Long would then take the teens on trips where the abuse allegedly took place.
Although the evidence was mounting against Long, he eventually settled out of court and his sexual misconduct case was dropped.