Liberty College has filed a lawsuit towards its former president, Jerry Falwell Jr. in search of tens of millions in damages after his departure from the varsity final yr.
The outlet reported that the civil go well with alleges Falwell dedicated a breach of contract, breach of fiduciary responsibility and statutory conspiracy.
Moreover, the Christian college asserts that whereas Falwell had a “fiduciary responsibility to reveal Granda’s extortive actions, and to reveal the potential for critical hurt to Liberty” to the board of trustees, he “furthered the conspiracy of silence and negotiated a 2019 Employment Settlement that contained the next wage from Liberty.”
The lawsuit additionally says that Falwell has refused to return confidential info and different private property.
Liberty filed the criticism on Thursday in Lynchburg Circuit Courtroom, in line with The Related Press. It wasn’t instantly clear if Jerry Falwell has an lawyer representing him within the case, the outlet reported.
Falwell, 58, resigned from the Virginia college in August of final yr after a scandal got here to mild relating to the sexual escapades of Falwell, his spouse Becki Falwell and a youthful enterprise associate of the household named Giancarlo Granda.
Granda claimed he had a years-long sexual relationship with Becki Falwell and that Jerry Falwell had participated as a voyeur.
JERRY FALWELL JR. SAYS HE’S RESIGNED FROM LIBERTY UNIV. AFTER SEX SCANDAL REVELATIONS, CONFUSION OVER FUTURE
Falwell denied any participation within the acts — although acknowledging his spouse and Granda had an affair — and the Falwells alleged Granda sought to extort them over the connection.
Falwell had already been on depart previous to these particulars changing into public after posting a photograph from a household yacht outing to Instagram that raised eyebrows.
In it, Falwell and a younger girl who was not his spouse had been proven posing collectively together with his pants unzipped.
Falwell was holding a drink in his hand and a caption jokingly learn that its contents had been “simply black water.”
The New York Occasions reported Friday that Becki Falwell had contacted members of the college’s govt committee over issues about her husband’s consuming and the go well with alleges that Falwell resisted the thought of residential rehab paid for by the college.
In August, a transcript of a 911 name from Becki Falwell to Bedford County emergency responders revealed that Falwell had been consuming and that he had misplaced “a variety of blood” after falling down the steps.
911 CALL FROM FALWELL HOUSE REVEALS EX-LIBERTY PRESIDENT WAS DRINKING, FELL DOWN, LOST ‘A LOT OF BLOOD’ AFTER RESIGNING
The Occasions famous that the go well with alleges Falwell deceived the board into negotiating a brand new contract with the next severance payout if he ought to resign for a “good cause” or if his contract was terminated with out trigger and claims Falwell “improperly and errantly” advised members of the media he was owed $10.5 million after his departure.
The newspaper famous that the college had filed the go well with on the identical day its board of trustees had arrived for his or her semiannual assembly.
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Liberty College advised Fox Information through electronic mail on Friday that their solely touch upon the matter was the lawsuit itself.
Fox Information’ makes an attempt to contact Jerry Falwell for remark weren’t instantly returned.
Fox Information’ Barnini Chakraborty and The Related Press contributed to this report.