Jerry Falwell Jr. apparently resigns as head of Liberty University

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Reports: Jerry Falwell Jr. resigns from Liberty University after allegations of years-long sexual relationship

Joey Garrison and Deirdre Shesgreen
Released 5:57 PM EDT Aug 24, 2020

WASHINGTON — Jerry Falwell Jr., the embattled president of Liberty University, resigned from the school Monday in the middle of reports of an alleged years-long sexual relationship that he and his other half had with a service partner, according to numerous media reports.Falwell’s reported resignation came simply hours after Reuters released an interview with a man who said he was associated with a years-long relationship with the evangelical leader’s wife, Becki Falwell.Giancarlo Granda informed Reuters that he met Jerry and Becki

Falwell while working as a swimming pool attendant at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach hotel in March 2012. Beginning that month and continuing into 2018, Granda told Reuters that the relationship involved him making love with Becki Falwell while Jerry Falwell looked on.In this Nov. 16, 2016 file picture, Liberty University president Jerry Falwell Jr., presents throughout an interview in his offices at the school in Lynchburg, Va. Falwell Jr. asked forgiveness Monday, June 8, 2020 for a tweet that included a racist photo that appeared on Gov. Ralph Northam’s medical school yearbook page decades back, saying his effort to make a political point had actually been offensive.Steve Helber, AP “Becki and I developed an intimate relationship and Jerry delighted in enjoying from the corner of the room,

“Granda told Reuters. He said his relationship with the Falwells started when he was 20 and their sexual encounters took place “several times each year”at hotels and at the Falwells’home in Virginia.Liberty University did not immediately return a request for comment.An attorney for Jerry Falwell, Michael Bowe, told Reuters that the evangelical leader “unconditionally denies”Granda’s account.

Bowe informed U.S.A. TODAY he could not validate Falwell’s resignation, adding:”I would not report that.”The Faith News Service and Washington Post, which cited an unnamed school official, initially reported Falwell’s departure, ending a run as president of the evangelical university that started in 2007 when his daddy, Jerry Falwell

Sr., died.Falwell, an ardent early assistance of President Donald Trump, had actually been on a leave of lack after publishing a questionable picture of himself with his arm around a pregnant woman, both of their stomachs exposed, with their pants unzipped.

Falwell was amongst the earliest Christian conservatives to back Trump’s very first presidential campaign and has regularly remained in the spotlight since then for a series of controversies in both his function at Liberty and his individual life.More: Liberty University’s Jerry

Falwell Jr. taking leave of absence after picture with trousers unzipped Prior to the Reuters report, the Falwell released a prolonged declaration to The Washington Examiner on Sunday, publicly revealing the affair and stating the male included had actually been threatening to expose the

relationship”to deliberately humiliate my spouse, family, and Liberty University unless we agreed to pay him significant monies

.””Over the course of the last few months this person’s behavior has actually reached a level that we have actually chosen the only way to stop this predatory behavior is to go public,”stated the statement.President Donald Trump and Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. during beginning proceedings on May 13, 2017. Steve Helber/AP Contributing: Associated Press Reach Joey Garrison on Twitter @joeygarrison. Published 5:57 PM EDT Aug 24, 2020