Disgraced evangelical Jerry Falwell Jr. has just been served with a massive civil lawsuit from Liberty University seeking tens of millions of dollars in damages after the two parted ways last summer on less-than-friendly terms.

The 74-page lawsuit was filed yesterday in Lynchburg Circuit Court. It accuses Falwell of orchestrating a “well-resourced exit strategy” from his role as president and chancellor by withholding damaging information when he re-negotiated his contract in 2019.

That “damaging information” was, of course, the whole cuckolding/blackmail story involving his former pool boy, Giancarlo Granda, that dominated the headlines pretty much all of last summer.

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The lawsuit claims Falwell had a “fiduciary duty to disclose Granda’s extortive actions, and to disclose the potential for serious harm to Liberty” but that instead he “furthered the conspiracy of silence and negotiated a 2019 Employment Agreement that contained a higher salary from Liberty.”

“Despite his clear duties as an executive and officer at Liberty, Falwell Jr. chose personal protection,” it states.

The lawsuit also accuses Falwell of deliberately withholding “the issue of his personal impairment by alcohol” and claims he “smelled of alcohol during work interactions” and that his wife, Becki, even alerted the school about his “excessive use of alcohol.”

The biggest revelation, however, is the one that seems to be getting the least amount of attention in the media.

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In the lawsuit, Liberty claims Falwell has been hanging onto personal property, including “confidential information,” that belongs to the university. What sort of “confidential information”, you ask? That’s a veeeeery good question, and one we’re sure we’ll hear more about in the very near future.

The school is seeking millions of dollars in damages, including $10 million in compensatory damages that it wants tripled to $30 million, as permitted under state law in limited circumstances, plus a minimum of $350,000 in punitive damages and additional costs and fees.

Falwell has not commented on the lawsuit, but Twitter sure has some thoughts…



Graham Gremore is the Features Editor and a Staff Writer at Queerty. Follow him on Twitter @grahamgremore.

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