The story of newly freed Cyntoia Brown has been largely positive after she was released from the Tennessee Prison for Women last week, but according to a member of the 1990s girl group Total, Brown’s new husband has ulterior motives.
Brown was 16 years old when she shot and killed a man who solicited her for sex in Nashville in 2004. She was granted clemency on August 7, and her case has garnered attention from the general public and celebrities alike, including Rihanna and Kim Kardashian, who tried to enlist her own legal team to bring Brown justice.
Pamela Long rose to fame in the R&B/pop/hip hop group Total when they were signed to Bad Boy Records. She was formerly married to J. Long, or Jamie Long, a Christian hip-hop artist who was part of the R&B/hip hop group Pretty Ricky.
Long claims that her ex-husband, whom the Daily Mail reported Brown’s reps confirmed without naming him that she got married while imprisoned, is not wed to the 31-year-old for the right reasons.
“This man is diabolical and he is such a manipulator. The way this man pursued this woman is the way he did me,” Pamela Long told The Neighborhood Talk August 11 of the man she was married to for six years before their divorce was finalized in February. “He came and found me using the same card, ‘He was a Christian artist.’”
Noting that J. Long had committed adultery during their marriage, Pamela Long said she hopes divine intervention will help Brown.
“May the Lord God protect her and her money. It’s about who she is in the public eye and what she has,” the “Kissin’ You” singer said. “By her having this face in the media it helps him to have a chance to be around what he deems as the elites.”
She added, “Mr. Long may be able to hide behind his handsome looks of being a good man, but God knows the heart and exposure is coming.”
Despite all that, however, Pamela Long said she has no ill will toward the newlyweds and wishes them well. Still, the performer alleges her ex-husband will do anything he possibly can for a chance to gain riches and to be in the spotlight.
Brown, meanwhile, is set to detail her marriage in her book, “Free Cyntoia: My Search for Redemption in the American Prison System,” which is due for release on Oct. 15.
So far, neither J. Long or Brown have spoken out about the Total member’s claims.