Liberty College sued its former chief Jerry Falwell Jr. on Thursday, accusing the son of its founding father of a “enterprise conspiracy” towards the establishment.
The evangelical establishment claims within the swimsuit, filed in Lynchburg Circuit Courtroom in Virginia, that Falwell hid his relationship with Giancarlo Granda from the college.
Liberty cites each a lawsuit that Falwell filed towards Liberty in November 2020 and an announcement that the evangelical scion issued to the Washington Examiner earlier than Reuters broke the information in August 2020 that Granda had a relationship with Falwell’s spouse because the son of the well-known preacher allegedly regarded on.
Falwell didn’t instantly return a request for remark from TPM. Granda declined to remark.
Liberty accuses Falwell within the lawsuit of breach of contract, breach of fiduciary responsibility, and of partaking in a “conspiracy of silence” over alleged extortion makes an attempt from Granda whereas negotiating the next fee bundle from the evangelical establishment.
“Had Liberty’s Govt Committee identified in 2018 and 2019 that Granda was trying to extort Falwell Jr. and thus planning to break Liberty, and had it identified the complete circumstances of Granda’s extortion of Falwell Jr., then the Govt Committee would have shunned getting into into the 2019 Employment Settlement,” the swimsuit states.
“The actions of Falwell Jr. and Granda have injured Liberty’s enrollment, impacted its donor base, disrupted its school, enabled the 2019 Employment Settlement that proved detrimental to Liberty’s pursuits, and broken Liberty’s fame,” the swimsuit reads.
The swimsuit additionally provides that “Granda had loads of data that would have been deeply damaging to Falwell Jr. within the eyes of the evangelical group.”
The lawsuit consists of numerous photos taken from Falwell’s social media accounts, together with the next:
Learn the case right here: