Remember we told you that Bishop Eddie Long's accusers agreed to a structured settlement worth around $2 million each, to be paid in installments every year over the next 20 years? Well, two of Long's accusers have now decided the cash annuities are not sufficient for their needs.
In other words, the men have burned through their cash annuity for this year. And rather than wait until 2012 for their next cash payout, they want it all right now.
The lack of funds even forced one of Long's accusers into a life of crime to support his lifestyle.
In June, Jamal Parris, 24, was arrested by Miami Dade police during a traffic stop. Police searched Parris' car and found 181 grams of marijuana, plastic baggies and a semiautomatic handgun. He was charged with possession of drugs with intent to distribute.
Incredibly, Parris blamed his drug arrest on "childhood sexual abuse" suffered at the hands of Eddie Long!
Now Parris and another accuser, Spencer Legrande, are speaking out about their experiences with Long -- despite signing confidentiality agreements when they accepted their settlements.
Against their attorney's advice, Jamal and Spencer spoke with WSB-TV here in Atlanta, which aired a clip of the interview last night.
Both men say they never sued for money, even though the money (or the lack of it) seems to be the motivating factor for the interview.
...and they're saying that Antonia "Toya" Carter's slow husband, Mickey "Memphitz" Wright Jr., was arrested for attempting to sneak a loaded handgun past airport security. We wonder if it was this little pink pistol that Toya's former fiance, James Hardy, bought her for her birthday? It will be interesting to see what is listed under "occupation" on Memphitz's police report.
Carter and Wright were recently wed in a private ceremony in a suburb of Atlanta. The couple have no children together. Carter has a daughter with rapper Lil Wayne, who wiped out on a skateboard yesterday and required stitches to close a gash on his head.
Update: According to TMZ.com, which is surprisingly late with this news:
Law enforcement tells TMZ, Mickey "Memphitz" Wright put his backpack through the X-ray scanner at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport -- and TSA agents quickly discovered the firearm and called the cops.
According to police, Wright had a valid license to carry the weapon ... insisting he had simply forgotten the gun was in his bag -- but it's still illegal to bring it on a plane.
Wright was arrested on the spot and transferred to a nearby jail. He is still in custody.
Oops. Toya must be frantic with worry for her man in Fulton County jail.
The blogosphere is buzzing about the breakup of former "Real Housewives of Atlanta" cast member Lisa Wu and her husband, former NFL player Ed Hartwell. Wu tweeted confirmation of the split on her Twitter account today.
But that didn't stop tongues from wagging about money troubles and infidelity being the leading causes of the breakup. Much of the gossip centers around who hunky Ed Hartwell is dating now. Atlanta's chronically single ladies are already plotting and setting their traps for Ed.
Unfortunately for them, Ed is working to reconcile with his former flame, Lisa, if only for the sake of his 3-year-old son EJ.
A source close to Lisa's camp tells us that Ed moved out of their home in June of this year -- but he didn't go far. Let's just say he lives nearby so he can maintain his relationship with his son.
Another family friend says rumors that Lisa is now dating actor Malcolm Jamal Warner, whom she's pictured with at the Bronner Brothers hair show this past weekend, are completely false.
Despite reports that Lisa Wu left Ed because of his shaky finances, they actually separated because people who are in love do eventually grow apart. That's life. Even if you are married for 5 years like Ed and Lisa were. "He was my soulmate," Lisa said to a family friend about the breakup. But the couple remain good friends and loving parents to their son.
The winner of the 2nd season of "RuPaul's Drag Race" was busted on drug charges this week in Gwinnett, according to The Atlanta Journal.
James William Ross IV, also known as Tyra Sanchez, was arrested Tuesday night when the car he was a passenger in was stopped on I-85 for having illegal window tinting, according to a police report obtained by the AJC. The Gwinnett police officer who stopped the car said he smelled raw marijuana and searched the vehicle.
Ross, 23, of Atlanta, was charged with marijuana possession and booked into the Gwinnett County jail. He posted bond and was released the following afternoon, jail records show. Source
Our police source tells us that Ross was forced to remove her drag queen paraphernalia for her mug shot -- including a lacefront wig and layers of professional makeup, which helps explain the disarrayed hairline in her mugshot.
Click the link to see how Miss Tyra Sanchez looked when she was a boy.
The price of Gucci backpacks are about to skyrocket. According to the Atlanta Journal, a 13-year-old boy was beaten by as many as 6 youths who targeted him for his trendy Gucci backpack:
Four people accused of beating and robbing a teenager at a Forsyth County shopping center could be linked to other crimes in the area, police said Wednesday.
A 13-year-old boy required medical attention after being robbed of his Gucci backpack and beaten outside the theater Friday night at The Avenue Forsyth near Cumming. The teen sustained cuts and abrasions in the assault and was punched in the face, police said.
Roberto Emilio Basilio and Ayinde Kadeen Woodley, both 18, and Anthony Jason Riddle and Jose Luis Sotero, both 17, each face charges of theft by taking and robbery, both felonies, and battery, a misdemeanor, according to the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office. Investigators believe at least two others may also have been involved in the crime. Source
But why was a 13-year-old boy walking around the streets at night with a $900 backpack? Why weren't his parents arrested along with the thugs?
Monday, (August 1st), was a night to remember as Atlanta's tastemakers celebrated Alex Gidewon's 40th birthday at the ATL's newest nightclub, Reign! Rapper Jeezy was among the premier celebs who came out to support Alex. The party was also the Grand Opening of Reign and Dubai (formerly Vanquish).
The name on everyone's lips this past weekend was Alex Gidewon, the uber successful club promoter with a string of lucrative nightclubs in Atlanta. Tonight, Gidewon, who co-owns AG Entertainment with his brothers, will celebrate his 40th birthday at the newest jewel in his crown of nightclubs: Club Reign.
Most holders of invitations to Alex's private party at Reign believe they will gain admission to the Ultra private bash at Dubai Lounge next door to Reign, but unfortunately, they will not.
Please be clear: there are NO invitations to Alex Gidewon's Ultra private bash at the exquisitely appointed Dubai Lounge tonight. If you are an A-lister, a baller or a shot caller in Atlanta, your name speaks for itself. Your aura of sophistication is all you will need to get inside Dubai. If the doorman has to ask who you are, you will be pointed down the sidewalk to Club Reign.
But don't be embarrassed: you won't be alone -- you just won't be inside Dubai Lounge sipping champagne with the rest of the ballers.
The stunning Moroccan styled Dubai Lounge was designed by Michael Habachy of Habachy Designs, Inc.
Happy birthday, Alex! Have fun tonight!
We corrected this post to reflect the fact that Michael Habachy of Habachy Designs, Inc. designed both nightclubs.
The aggressive former McDonald's manager who punched out a customer on July 12, was arrested Monday after 2 weeks on the lam.
When the Cobb County Sheriff's Office obtained a warrant to arrest Tiffany Denise Allen for assault, they couldn't lay hands on her right away. That is because Allen had hastily packed up and fled the area after hearing there was a warrant out for her arrest.
The fugitive was arrested Monday by Sheriffs in New Hanover County, North Carolina.
“She was taken to the New Hanover Sheriff’s Department and is currently in their custody,” Nancy Bodiford, Cobb County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman, said in an email to the Atlanta Journal Wednesday.