Steve October 29, 2020

Former Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. announced Thursday that he’s filing a lawsuit against the evangelical school founded by his father.

Falwell had led the school for 13 years before he resigned under pressure in late August amid a series of embarrassing scandals.

Falwell said he filed a complaint in state court in Lynchburg, Virginia, claiming that Liberty University wrongly damaged his reputation.

“We attempted to meet several times with the Liberty University Board of Trustees Executive Committee but were unsuccessful in doing so. Thus, we were forced to seek remedy for Mr. Falwell’s ongoing injuries and damage to his reputation through the Court,” Falwell’s lawyer Robert Raskopf said in a statement.

Falwell fell out of favor at Liberty after a former hotel pool attendant-turned-business partner, Giancarlo Granda, 29, told Reuters in an August interview that he carried on an affair with Falwell’s wife, Becki, beginning in 2012, when he was 20, and lasting until 2018.

Granda told Reuters that Falwell would watch as he had sex with his wife, and believes the couple preyed upon him.

A representative for Liberty could not be immediately reached for comment on Thursday.

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