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Jerry Falwell Jr. Sues Liberty

Says beloved school 'needlessly injured' his reputation

(Newser) - "Other than God and my family, there is nothing in the world I love more than Liberty University," says Jerry Falwell Jr. And yet he's suing the evangelical school his father founded for defamation and breach of contract, reports NBC News . Falwell resigned as university president in...

Thousands March in Washington for Trump

Many appear to be students from Liberty University in Virginia

(Newser) - Thousands of people packed the National Mall in downtown Washington on Saturday to pray and show their support for President Trump, the AP reports. The march, which stretched from the Lincoln Memorial to the US Capitol, was held just hours before Trump was set to announce he was nominating a...

Falwell Jr's Wife Called 911: He's Lost 'a Lot of Blood'

But how much does alcohol play a role?

(Newser) - Jerry Falwell Jr's wife called 911 late last month saying he had lost "a lot of blood" in a mishap—but the details are somewhat contested, People reports. The call came only days after Falwell resigned as president of Liberty University amid a sex scandal. On the night...

Jerry Falwell Jr. Made One Big 'Miscalculation'

He figured that as long as he kept Liberty U flush with cash, his own behavior wouldn't matter

(Newser) - When Jerry Falwell Jr. resigned as leader of Liberty University amid a sex scandal , critics were quick to call him a hypocrite. But that's not quite right, writes CNN religion editor Daniel Burke. Falwell never claimed the religious authority of his famous father. "He never pretended to be...

'All Facets' of Falwell's Reign at Liberty Under Investigation

Evangelical university considers adding a spiritual leadership position

(Newser) - An outside firm will conduct a sweeping investigation of Jerry Falwell Jr.'s presidency of Liberty University, the evangelical school announced Monday. Falwell resigned last week, taking $10.5 million in severance with him, after a business associate said that he'd had an affair with Falwell's wife,...

Former Liberty Student: Becki Falwell Initiated Sex When I Was 22

He says she performed oral sex on him, 'was the aggressor'

(Newser) - Liberty University students who have premarital sex face expulsion. But one former Liberty student says that the wife of the school's then-president, Jerry Falwell Jr., in 2008 performed oral sex on him when he was 22 and staying over at the Falwells' home after a band practice with their...

Here's How Much Severance Falwell Is Getting

$10.5M, because he's resigning from Liberty University in good standing

(Newser) - Jerry Falwell Jr. has officially resigned from Liberty University, and he told the Washington Post on Tuesday night that he'll get $10.5 million in severance, as specified in his contract. That's because he resigned in good standing, without being formally accused of or admitting to any wrongdoing....

The 'Other Man': Falwell Changed After Trump's Win

Evangelical figure became 'drunk on power,' alleges Giancarlo Granda

(Newser) - The news about Jerry Falwell Jr. has finally clarified : The evangelical leader tells the Wall Street Journal that he is indeed out as president of Liberty University in Virginia. Falwell says he submitted his resignation to the school's board Monday night after conflicting reports about whether he had or...

Falwell Reportedly Is Resigning From Liberty U

But there appears to be a snag over final negotiations

(Newser) - Some confusion Monday evening on the fate of Jerry Falwell Jr.: An official with evangelical Liberty University said he had agreed to resign amid allegations about his wife's sexual relationship with a much younger business partner, the AP reports. But after the report surfaced, Falwell denied that he'd...

Liberty Picks Interim Leader After Putting Falwell on Leave

Jerry Prevo has been a pastor in Alaska, active in politics and opposed to LGBT rights

(Newser) - Liberty University in Virginia announced Monday that its board had chosen an interim president days after Jerry Falwell Jr. began an indefinite leave of absence during an uproar over a photo he posted on social media. Jerry Prevo, who has served as chairman of the school's board of trustees...

Falwell Takes Leave After Controversy Over Photo

Liberty University asks president to step aside, at least temporarily

(Newser) - Jerry Falwell Jr. has agreed to take an indefinite leave of absence as president and chancellor of Liberty University, the private school his father founded. The university said Friday that it made the request of Falwell, “to which he has agreed, effective immediately." No reason was given, the...

Falwell: Uh, About That Photo

The president of Liberty University responds to uproar over 'unzipped pants' photo

(Newser) - Jerry Falwell Jr.'s last apology was about a face-mask joke . This time, an unexpected photo: "I've apologized to everybody," Falwell said on WLNI 105.9FM, a Virginia radio station. "And I've promised my kids I'm going to try to be—I'm...

Jerry Falwell Jr. Photo Called 'So Gross'

That was Meghan McCain's take, anyway

(Newser) - The week didn't get off to the best start for Liberty University thanks to this Slate article about Black athletes leaving the school. But now these headlines: Ones about the university's president, Jerry Falwell Jr., who allegedly posted a photo of himself on a yacht with his pants...

Jerry Falwell Jr. Just Issued a 'Rare Apology'

Liberty University president says sorry for mask 'joke' using blackface photo linked to Va. governor

(Newser) - Jerry Falwell Jr.'s attempt to make a face mask joke at the expense of his state's governor has backfired—and now it's even prompted what the New York Times calls a "rare apology" and deleted tweet from the Liberty University president. It all started when...

Liberty University Accused of Profiting Off Pandemic

Student sues in effort to have fees refunded

(Newser) - A new lawsuit accuses Liberty University of profiting off the coronavirus pandemic by offering reduced services while refusing to refund student fees. The class-action suit—filed Monday by "Student A," who opted for anonymity "out of fear of retaliation and harassment"—claims Liberty allowed students to...

Liberty University President Wants Journalists Arrested

Photographer, reporter named in warrants following critical articles

(Newser) - The president of Liberty University, who last month suggested the media was inflating the threat of the coronavirus in an effort to damage President Trump, now says warrants have been issued for two journalists who visited his partly re-opened school. Jerry Falwell Jr. said Wednesday that the warrants apply to...

Liberty University Students Are Getting Sick: Report

Falwell was criticized for allowing students back

(Newser) - Liberty University controversially welcomed back students after the spring break—and, as officials feared, some of them may have brought the coronavirus back with them. Dr. Thomas W. Eppes Jr, who runs the evangelical university's student health service, told the New York Times on Friday that at least 11...

Virginia Officials None Too Happy With Liberty University

The school has invited its students to return to campus

(Newser) - Officials in Lynchburg, Virginia, were fielding complaints Tuesday about the hundreds of students who have returned from their spring break to Liberty University, where President Jerry Falwell Jr. has welcomed them back amid the coronavirus pandemic. "We could not be more disappointed in the action that Jerry took in...

Liberty University Backtracks on Controversial Plan

Jerry Falwell's school was to resume in-person classes, but has since changed course

(Newser) - Colleges and universities across the US are shutting down campuses in droves amid the coronavirus pandemic, but not Jerry Falwell's Liberty University—at least not until President Trump issued his latest guidance . "The hype in the press" surrounding the COVID-19 situation could be designed, in part, to bring...

Falwell Asks FBI to Probe 'Attempted Coup' Against Him

Liberty University president is not happy about recent article he calls a smear campaign

(Newser) - Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. said Tuesday that he is asking the FBI to investigate what he called a "criminal" smear campaign orchestrated against him by several disgruntled former board members and employees. Falwell told the AP he has evidence that the group improperly shared emails belonging to...

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