Liberty College is suing former President Jerry Falwell Jr.
Jerry Falwell Jr. will deliver a speech at the opening ceremony of Liberty University on Saturday, May 11, 2019.(Photo: Facebook / Liberty University)
Liberty University is suing former President and Chancellor Jerry Falwell Jr. for alleged breach of contract.
The university is seeking $ 10 million in damages for alleged breach of fiduciary duty and legal conspiracy.
It is the latest development in the sharp division between Falwell Jr. and the Evangelical University, which he ran for 13 years after the death of his father, Jerry Falwell Sr. in 2007.
Falwell Jr. resigned last year after several weeks of the scandal that began when he shared a photo on his Instagram with his pants open, exposing some of his underwear.
This was followed shortly after by explosive claims by Giancarlo Granda, a former pool boy and business associate, who claimed to have had a year-long affair with Falwell Jr.'s wife.
The Falwells claimed Granda tried to blackmail them.
The lawsuit relates to the Granda controversy.
"Despite his clear responsibilities as an officer and officer at Liberty, Falwell Jr. made personal protection choices," the Associated Press said.
"(Falwell had a) fiduciary duty to disclose Granda's extortion and the potential for serious harm to Liberty.
(Falwell) promoted the conspiracy of silence and negotiated a 2019 employment contract that included a higher salary from Liberty. "
Falwell Jr. resigned earlier on August 25 with a $ 10.5 million severance package. Shortly afterwards, Liberty announced that he would investigate "all facets" of his former president's tenure.
Then, in October, Falwell Jr. said he was suing the university for defamation and breach of contract for comments it made at the time of his resignation. He withdrew the lawsuit a few months later.
Earlier this week, Liberty spokesman Scott Lamb confirmed that his son Jerry Falwell III, also known as Trey, was no longer Vice President of Support Services at Liberty, but gave no reason for his departure.