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The swimsuit was filed Wednesday within the Circuit Court docket for Lynchburg, the Virginia metropolis that Liberty calls residence.

Falwell Jr. is trying to seal parts of the swimsuit, that are redacted, as a result of it will breach a confidentiality clause in his contract with Liberty.

Falwell’s swimsuit emerges from a scandal that erupted this summer time, after a younger man in Miami went public with claims that he and Falwell Jr.’s spouse had sexual liaisons for years, generally whereas the evangelical chief appeared on.

Falwell Jr. acknowledged their affair in an announcement, however stated he was “not concerned.”

The allegations precipitated a dramatic fall from grace for one of many nation’s most distinguished evangelicals and a staunch supporter of President Donald Trump.

“Aside from God and my household, there may be nothing on the planet I really like greater than Liberty College,” Falwell Jr. stated in a brand new assertion.

“I’m saddened that College officers, with whom I’ve shared a lot success and loved such Positive relationships, jumped to conclusions concerning the claims made in opposition to my character, did not correctly examine them, after which broken my fame following my pressured resignation.”

A Falwell accuser denies any political motive

Liberty College declined touch upon the swimsuit. College spokesman Scott Lamb stated Thursday, “The College would wish to learn and evaluation a lawsuit earlier than making remark, and as of this second we’ve not been served.”

Within the swimsuit, Falwell says his downfall was cooked up by operatives on the Lincoln Challenge, a political group devoted to defeating Trump within the November presidential election. Falwell Jr. has been one in every of Trump’s most loyal evangelical backers.

The Lincoln Challenge denied a connection to the allegations. “The Lincoln Challenge has had nothing to do with the general public lastly studying concerning the true character of the Falwell household,” the group stated in an announcement.

Giancarlo Granda, the Miami man who got here ahead with the affair allegations, additionally denied Falwell’s assertion.

“There isn’t any connection to the Lincoln Challenge,” Granda informed CNN on Thursday.

“I’ve obtained no monetary compensation — none — for coming ahead and telling the reality concerning the long-term affair with (Falwell’s spouse), Jerry’s data and participation within the affair; Jerry’s hypocrisy; and the Falwells’ abuse of energy,” he added.

Falwell Jr.’s swimsuit claims that Liberty College “immediately participated within the defamation” and accepted “the salacious and baseless accusations in opposition to the Falwells at face worth.”

However Falwell cites only one particular instance of alleged defamatory statements: A faculty meeting in August at which David Nasser, Liberty’s senior vp for religious improvement, known as the previous president’s habits “sinful.”

The lawsuit says Liberty repeated related statements in a press launch and its official journal.

Falwell says he was by no means presupposed to be an ethical chief

After accepting Falwell Jr.’s resignation in August, Liberty College stated it employed investigators to look into the previous president’s tenure, together with monetary, authorized and actual property issues.

“Whereas we nonetheless did not know the complete scope of the matter, we’ve discovered sufficient concerning the previous to know that we had no alternative however to take the management of Liberty College in a brand new route,” the college stated in an announcement on the time.

Falwell Jr.’s departure from the varsity got here after quite a few controversies. He got here beneath hearth in August for posting an image on Instagram exhibiting him together with his pants unzipped and his midsection seen to the digital camera. Within the picture, Falwell is seen holding a cup of darkish liquid with one arm round a lady whose shorts are additionally unzipped.

As Trump seeks reelection, a chapter closes on the religious right's Falwell era
In a radio interview with WLNI, Falwell stated that the girl was his spouse’s assistant. They have been at a dressing up social gathering and “it was simply in good enjoyable,” he added.
A number of months earlier, Falwell deleted and apologized for a much-criticized tweet that confirmed one particular person in black face and one other in a Ku Klux Klan hood and gown.
Falwell Jr. says he by no means meant to be an ethical chief and argues he was a profitable steward of the college his father, the late Rev. Jerry Falwell, co-founded in 1971. As president Falwell Jr. stated he oversaw $1 billion in new development tasks, pioneered on-line studying platforms that boosted enrollment and introduced Liberty’s soccer and basketball groups to Division 1, essentially the most aggressive stage of faculty sports activities.



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