Jerry Falwell Jr. has certainly been taking a beating in the press lately. Not that it’s undeserved, of course. Now, the homophobic president and chancellor of Liberty University, the largest Christian college in the world, says there’s a “criminal conspiracy” against him and he’s reached out to the FBI for help.
Not to be dramatic or anything.
Speaking to The Hill this week, Falwell claimed he’s the victim of a nasty smear campaign being orchestrated by a gaggle of former university officials who are out to get him.
“Our attorneys have determined that this small group of former board members and employees, they’re involved in a criminal conspiracy, are working together to steal Liberty property in the form of emails and provided them to reporters,” Falwell alleged.
The Hill reports:
Falwell said in an exclusive interview that in the coming days the FBI will review university documents at the Lynchburg, Va., campus. He accused former colleagues of stealing school property in the form of emails and then sharing them with reporters in an effort to damage his reputation.
The claims come after that explosive exposé published by Politico earlier this week that alleged Falwell runs a “totally dysfunctional organization” and oversees a “culture of fear and self-dealing,” among other accusations.
The Hill reports:
The story cited internal Liberty University emails, which Falwell Jr. and his attorney’s allege were stolen in a coordinated effort.
Falwell Jr. told Hill.TV that he believes the leak of internal emails was the result of a failed effort among former board of director members to oust him from control. He said the school was in financial distress after the death of his father, Jerry Falwell, and “disgruntled” board members had hoped to use this vulnerability as “leverage to take over.”
Conveniently, Falwell didn’t mention anything about the reports concerning his nefarious relationship with his hunky 20-something “personal trainer” Ben Crosswhite or his hunky 20-something pool boy Giancarlo Granda.
He also didn’t mention the fact that he was caught lying about those photos of him partying with a bunch of 20-somethings at a nightclub in Miami, or the rumors that he is “very, very vocal” about his sex life at the office and often sexts with male colleagues.
Instead, he made it all about other people’s jealousy about his success.
“They came here thinking that Liberty would remain in financial difficulty,” Falwell said of the people who are out to get him. “Instead I’ve been able to build a $2 billion unrestricted endowment.”
So far, the FBI hasn’t responded to requests for comment on the matter. Given Falwell’s well-documented penchant for telling untruths, we wouldn’t be surprised if the whole FBI investigation thing is a ruse.