Jerry Falwell Jr. sues Liberty University over departure earlier this year, says school officials “jumped to conclusions” about allegations against him

Lynchburg & Central Virginia News

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Jerry Falwell Jr., the former president of Liberty University who resigned earlier this year after allegations of an inappropriate between Falwell, his wife, and another man, has sued the university.

The lawsuit was filed in Lynchburg City Circuit Court and claims Liberty University needlessly injured and damaged Falwell’s reputation through various statements following his “forced” resignation from the school.

“According to the Complaint, these statements had the effect of affirming false claims that an individual made publicly against Mr. Falwell after years-long attempts at extortion against Falwell and his wife Becki,” a press release on PR Newswire said Thursday morning. “Based on research and investigation, this individual appears to be supported financially by political opponents of Mr. Falwell in the midst of a heated presidential campaign, likely including the anti-Trump political action committee called The Lincoln Project.”

The complaint includes of a claim of defamation and breach of contract and alleges that Liberty University officials accepted the false claims against Falwell without investigating the facts. It goes on to say the officials participated in an effort to “tarnish, minimize, and outright destroy the legacy of the Falwell family and Mr. Falwell’s reputation.”

Falwell released the following statement to PR Newswire:

“Other than God and my family, there is nothing in the world I love more than Liberty University. I am saddened that University officials, with whom I have shared so much success and enjoyed such positive relationships, jumped to conclusions about the claims made against my character, failed to properly investigate them, and then damaged my reputation following my forced resignation. While I have nothing but love and appreciation for the Liberty community, and I had hoped to avoid litigation, I must take the necessary steps to restore my reputation and hopefully help repair the damage to the Liberty University brand in the process.”

Jerry Falwell Jr.

Reached for comment Thursday, Liberty University spokesman Scott Lamb issued the following statement to WFXR News:

“The Board of Trustees are busy at work in session for the next two days for their Fall meetings,” Lamb said. “The University would need to read and review a lawsuit before making comment, and as of this moment we have not been served.”

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