After dragging the “Bishop” Eddie Long’s name through the mud by accusing him of sexual manipulation, the accusers of the still wildly-popular Atlanta spiritual leader are being dumped by the lawyer who led them in their fight. Hip Hop Wired reports that:
This time three of the Bishop Eddie Long’s accusers have been dropped by their lawyer for violating the confidentiality clause of their settlement.
According to reports, Attorney Brenda Bernstein dumped Jamal Parris, Spencer LaGrande and Centino Kemp as her clients after the three accusers did not remain quiet and were recently challenged by Long’s attorneys, who say that they plan to collect roughly “$900,000″ for violations in the settlement.
The accusers broke the clause by participating in interviews with the Atlanta Journal Constitution, WSB-TV and CNN, as well as releasing statements on Twitter.
Long’s attorneys are looking to collect $300,000 per violation.
In May, Bishop Eddie Long reached an agreement in the case against the four men that accused him of sexual abuse.
The settlement between the four accusers was believed to be in the amount of $15 million.
The Christian Post adds:
Long’s attorneys claim that Kemp wrote tweets such as “I was literally your hooker,” and then in one directed @BishopEddieLong wrote “why that’s all I want to no.”
Clearly these young men went through a seriously emotionally damaging time, and no amount of money is enough to heal those wounds. Their attorney might be peeved at them for not honoring the terms of the settlement, but I am bereft that these men are still trying to figure out how to overcome the feeling of being sexually used. This is one of the worst things to go through in the world, because being made to feel like an object haunts you with a sense of worthlessness until you are able to overcome it.
In our American society we have a tendency to believe that everything can be made better by money. Even if we profess to think otherwise, deep down inside many of us cannot help but believe that money is all that counts, because that is what we have been conditioned to believe. But Eddie Long’s accusers are realizing that money cannot salve a deep devastation to one’s inner sensitive nature. This is hard to realize, and goes against what most assume. So I applaud their courage in believing their self-worth is worth more than $900,000. If speaking out might actually heal them, it’s worth far more than that for their revelations to continue.
I hope that the “Bishop’s” accusers give every penny back and keep talking until they are able to reach an inner resolution. In case their former lawyer has not realized it, they are the victims. Her job was to help them seek justice. Her abandonment of them shows she saw them as more of a meal ticket.
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