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Liberty University files lawsuit against former president Jerry Falwell Jr.

April 17, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Liberty University has filed a lawsuit against former school president Jerry Falwell Jr. that alleges he breached his employment contract and conspired to withhold damaging information from the university's board of trustees.

(CNN)Liberty University has filed a lawsuit against former school president Jerry Falwell Jr. that alleges he breached his employment contract and conspired to withhold damaging information from the university's board of trustees.

Falwell resigned as president of Liberty University last August after a series of scandals and was due to receive a $10. 5 million severance package from the school over the next few years.

"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," Falwell said in a statement after he filed the defamation lawsuit

Liberty University's lawsuit says Falwell acted against the "spirit" of the university in multiple instances and his alleged scandalous dealings ultimately hurt the school and its reputation.

"Falwell Jr. wanted Liberty to pay severance and retirement benefits to him if Granda revealed the Granda Allegations, and Falwell Jr. thus knowingly withheld from Liberty material information that would have altered the nature of the negotiations of the 2019 Employment Agreement," the lawsuit says.

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