Liberty sues Jerry Falwell Jr., seeking millions in damages

Jerry Falwell Jr., American attorney and academic administrator. He served as the president of Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. (Photo: Gage Skidmore / CC BY-SA 2.0)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Liberty University is suing Jerry Falwell Jr.

The school is seeking millions in damages after an acrimonious breakup with its former leader last year.

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The complaint filed Thursday alleges breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty and statutory conspiracy.

In part, it says Falwell negotiated a lucrative 2019 employment agreement while withholding damaging information from the evangelical school about a personal scandal that would explode into public view the following year.

In a statement, Falwell said the lawsuit was full of “lies and half truths” and called it an attempt to defame him and discredit his record.