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Falwell Jr. sues Liberty University

Josh Shepherd of The Roys Report writes that former Liberty University president Jerry Falwell Jr. has filed a lawsuit against Virginia’s Liberty University for $8.5 million in lost retirement funds.

Falwell Jr. was fired after a scandal for breach of contract. His contract included a morality clause, and Liberty University claimed that the former president failed to act as a “standout” spiritual leader by hiding a sexual relationship with a Miami pool attendant.

Shepherd continues:

Jerry Falwell Jr., disgraced former president of Liberty University, is suing the Virginia school, claiming he is owed over $8.5 million in retirement funds.

It’s the latest in a series of legal actions that have consumed the nation’s largest evangelical Christian school. Falwell Jr. resigned in 2020 after bombshell revelations that he and his wife, Becki, were involved in a years-long secret sexual relationship with a Miami pool attendant who later became their business partner.

Falwell Jr., son of Liberty founder Jerry Falwell and university president for over a decade, claims in the lawsuit filed on March 8 that Liberty “wrongfully has denied and withheld the benefits” to which he “is entitled.” The suit states that Falwell has sought since last September to receive a lump-sum payment of $8,579,727 from the university, but has been denied.

In the suit, Falwell claims credit for Liberty’s “exponential growth,” stating that he “has been instrumental in the shaping of Liberty.” Last October, Liberty had record enrollment of 15,800 on-campus students and 115,000 participating in online programs.

On the day Falwell resigned, Reuters published an investigative exposé of the Falwells’ years-long sexual and business relationship with Giancarlo Granda. With extensive documents and video evidence, it recounted how, in 2012, Falwell and his wife met then-20-year-old Granda, a pool attendant at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami, Florida. In 2013, the couple and Granda bought a Miami youth hostel which Granda managed on their behalf.

In April 2021, Liberty University sued Falwell Jr. for $10 million, alleging that he breached his employment contract and engaged in “conspiracy” to conceal the illicit relationship with Granda.

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