Bishop Eddie Long could have faced sex abuse allegations from a fifth man, whose claims only came to light during settlement negotiations in the other cases, according to an Atlanta TV station.
Atlanta Fox affiliate WAGA reported that 22-year-old Centino Kemp never filed a lawsuit against Long, pastor of a megachurch in that city, but told lawyers that he was forced by Long into a sexual relationship along with four other youths. His claims came to light as Long chose to settle cases with the other four in May, rather than face them in court.
According to WAGA, Kemp bears a tattoo on his wrist of Long’s name alongside the words “Never a Mistake, Always a Lesson.” Kemp, now a musician, reportedly met Long during a visit to his New Birth Missionary Baptist Church when he was a teenager.
Long originally faced accusations last fall from four individuals who said the pastor coerced them into relationships using his spiritual authority as well as cars, jewelry and cash when they were 17 and 18. The details of Long’s settlement with his accusers have not been publicly disclosed.