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Liberty University Says It Will Launch Probe Of Falwell's Tenure

Liberty University Says It Will Launch Probe Of Falwell's Tenure

Liberty University, one of the world's largest Christian learning institutions, said on Monday it will launch a wideranging investigation into the tenure of Jerry Falwell Jr, who stepped down as president last week amid a series of personal scandals.

WASHINGTON: Liberty University, one of the world’s largest Christian learning institutions, said on Monday it will launch a wide-ranging investigation into the tenure of Jerry Falwell Jr, who stepped down as president last week amid a series of personal scandals.

In a statement, the school said it would examine “all facets” of the school’s operations under Falwell, including financial and real estate matters. Falwell did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Falwell stepped down last Tuesday after a Reuters report disclosed that a business associate of Falwell alleged he’d had a years-long affair with Falwell and his wife, Becki. His departure as chief of Liberty marked a dramatic fall for one of the leading power brokers in America’s evangelical Christian movement. Falwell’s backing of Donald Trump in 2016 helped propel the twice-divorced New Yorker to the U.S. presidency.

The university, based in Lynchburg, Virginia, said a forensics firm, which it did not name, would lead the inquiry. Falwell has said in interviews that he will receive over $10 million as part of his severance package.

(By Aram Roston. Edited by Michael Williams)

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  • First Published: September 1, 2020, 8:41 AM IST
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