Liberty University has asked the court to dismiss Jerry Falwell Jr.‘s lawsuit.

The former university president filed a federal lawsuit over retirement money that was not given to him after his departure from his position in 2020. Falwell Jr. says the school owes him $8.5 million.

Falwell Jr.’s lawsuit also states the ways he helped the school, which was founded by his father, Rev. Jerry L. Falwell Sr., increase its profits.



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Falwell Jr. left the university in August 2020 after Giancarlo Granda, a pool attendant who became the Falwell family’s business partner, said he had a prolonged sexual relationship with Falwell Jr.’s wife, Becki Falwell, while Falwell Jr. looked on. After the story broke, Falwell resigned as president.

Liberty University sued Falwell Jr. in 2021, alleging that he negotiated his contract without revealing the sex scandal that ended up ruining the evangelical Christian college’s reputation. The lawsuit says that Falwell Jr. deceived the board, arranging a contract with a higher severance pay if he resigned or was terminated without cause.

In a 2022 interview with Vanity Fair, Falwell Jr. and his wife talked about the sex scandal. Becki said that Granda pressured her into sex without her consent in 2018, but Granda denied the allegation. Granda told his side of the story in the 2022 Hulu documentary God Forbid: The Sex Scandal That Brought Down a Dynasty.

Before he was fired Falwell raised suspicions with his odd social media posts, such one with his pants unzipped with his arm around a pregnant assistant.

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