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Jerry Falwell Jr. Sues Liberty for Defamation, Ruining His ‘Legacy’

  • University repeated lies about him, his wife’s affair, he says
  • Falwell says The Lincoln Project helped spread false claims
Jerry Falwell Jr. stepped down from leadership of the school in August.

Jerry Falwell Jr. stepped down from leadership of the school in August.

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Jerry Falwell Jr., the former president of Liberty University, accused the evangelical Christian school of defaming him by spreading lies about his wife’s brief affair with another man who’d befriended the couple.

Falwell, 58, was placed on leave not long after he posted online a photo of himself next to a woman who wasn’t his wife and with his pants unzipped. The school later forced him out after a former pool attendant at a Miami hotel frequented by Falwell and his wife went public with details about his relationship with the high-profile couple that started in 2012, including a salacious claim that Falwell watched him have sex with his wife.