After Sex Scandal, Ousted Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. Tries For A Comeback
Six months after being removed by Liberty University’s board of trustees, former President of the school Jerry Falwell Jr. appears determined to maintain a connection with the university.
“Congratulations on an exciting 14-9 win over NCAA team from Walsh University in North Canton, OH!” Falwell wrote on Instagram last Saturday. “Didn’t realize LaCrosse was so much fun to watch.”
The Instagram post was Falwell’s first mention of Liberty since his removal and is largely seen as the beginning of a slow comeback to the school. “The employees and the board have been nothing but supportive, 100 percent. The students all want to get their picture with me. They thank me,” Falwell told Politico.
Falwell and Liberty’s board of trustees had an ongoing dispute regarding the former president’s severance package which left Falwell due $10.5 million. The severance package was decided well before the trustees asked Falwell to resign. “The contract was terminated without cause. I’m entitled to full severance,” said Falwell. “And the university board admitted there was no fireable offense, and they were reacting more to the press and the Twitter mob than anything else.”
“Without a thorough investigation into allegations of misconduct and sexually predatory behavior by the Falwells, they shouldn’t be allowed around students,” said Dustin Wahl, Liberty alumnus and co-founder of Save71, a group seeking reform measures for the university. “That’s the opinion of our organization, and it’s also just basic logic for a university with a lot of young people.”
Falwell was fired last year after posting a photo on social media with his arm around his assistant with his pants unzipped. It was later revealed that his wife a had an affair with a Miami Beach pool boy, who claimed Falwell like to watch him having sex with his wife.