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Falwell revives claims against Liberty University in lawsuit response
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Falwell revives claims against Liberty University in lawsuit response

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Then-Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. speaks to former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley during convocation at the Vines Center on Nov. 15, 2019.

Former Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. has fleshed out his defense to a lawsuit LU filed against him in the spring, reviving claims the school defamed him after he resigned as president.

Filed Oct. 21 in Lynchburg Circuit Court, his response flips a breach of contract accusation back to the school, stating it violated his employment agreement through speeches and statements about him or alluding to him following his departure in August 2020.

His filing doesn’t specify a dollar amount in asking the court for relief and requests the court dismiss LU’s lawsuit.

Falwell first sued LU last November on claims of defamation and breach of contract but dropped the case a month later. The school filed its own lawsuit against him in April, demanding at least $10 million and detailing damage it claims it suffered from a sex scandal involving him and his wife, Becki Falwell.

Falwell’s recent response largely echoes his original lawsuit, adding claims LU is holding on to some of his possessions, including a revolver, three horses and a house in Lynchburg that land records indicate he gifted to the school in December 2019.

Since he and his wife are banned from campus under threat of trespass, he’s been “intentionally deprived” of those possessions, court documents state, though LU has been working with him to return some of his property.

He also addresses LU’s accusations about his drinking habits in its complaint, saying some of his actions LU attributed to “excessive alcohol intake were, instead, the result of Falwell’s diagnoses with pulmonary emboli, or clots in the lungs.”

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