The Lynchburg News & Advance reports:
Former Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. is requesting dismissal of a breach of contract lawsuit the university filed against him seeking more than $40 million, claiming much of the suit was simply an excuse to publicly shame him with irrelevant allegations.
In documents filed Tuesday in Lynchburg Circuit Court, Falwell states the suit focuses on his wife’s personal life while not addressing his “actions as the leader of Liberty.”
“The rehashing of these events and protected defamation of Falwell through litigation serves one mission — ruining Falwell’s reputation through mischaracterization of events and public shaming through out-of-context pictures filed in a public complaint,” it reads.
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More from the Associated Press:
Falwell’s departure in August came after a news outlet published an interview with a man who said he had a years-long sexual relationship with Becki Falwell and that Jerry Falwell participated in some of the liaisons as a voyeur. The school filed its suit in April, seeking tens of millions in damages.
Liberty claims Falwell crafted a “well-resourced exit strategy” from his role as president and chancellor in the form of a lucrative 2019 employment agreement while withholding damaging information about the personal scandal that exploded into public view the following year.
Since leaving Liberty, Falwell has been hospitalized multiple times for pulmonary embolisms.
Jerry Falwell Jr. says the lawsuit filed by Liberty University is an attempt to shame him. https://t.co/EYLA0iba0a
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