The varsity talked about Tuesday that its Board of Trustees accepted Falwell’s resignation, and as well as accepted his resignation from its Board of Directors, environment friendly immediately.

Falwell’s departure from the varsity his late father primarily based comes after a tumultuous 24 hours filled with conflicting experiences about his future. On Monday the evangelical Christian school in Lynchburg, Virginia, talked about Falwell had agreed to resign as Liberty’s president nonetheless then withdrew his resignation later that day.

The varsity now boasts a $1.6 billion endowment and its board of trustees, in accepting Falwell’s recognition, praised his enterprise acumen. All through his time as president, in accordance with the board, Falwell oversaw better than $1 billion in constructing initiatives, transforming its campus into one with “world-class academic buildings and athletics facilities.”

Falwell moreover helped improve enrollment to better than 100,000 school college students, along with every residential and on-line school college students, the Liberty board talked about.

“The school’s heartfelt prayers are with him and his family as he steps away from his life’s work,” Liberty talked about Tuesday in a press launch.

Allegations of scandal

Nonetheless the last few months launched a sequence of public controversies about his habits. On Monday, a youthful Miami man went public with allegations that he was involved in sexual actions with the Falwells from 2012 until 2019. The particular person, Giancarlo Granda, instructed CNN that Falwell constantly appeared on whereas Granda had intercourse with Falwell’s partner Becki.

In a press launch Falwell Jr. acknowledged the affair nonetheless talked about that he was “not involved.”

“I’m now dealing with points in a way that I must have executed sooner than,” he talked about, “along with in the hunt for to deal with the emotional toll this has taken.”

Falwell’s assertion regarding the affair was issued on Sunday, a day sooner than Reuters printed a report detailing Granda’s intimate relationship with Becki and Jerry Falwell Jr.

Granda, 28, later confirmed the details of his relationship with the Falwells to CNN.

He declined to answer extra questions on the doc nonetheless instructed Reuters that his relationship with the Falwells soured because of he wanted to dissolve his ties with the couple and fell proper right into a enterprise dispute with them.

Falwell, in his assertion, claimed Granda was making an attempt to blackmail him and his partner. Granda denies the fee.

Falwell’s completely different controversies

The sordid forwards and backwards added new depth to Falwell Jr.’s excellent fall from grace on the school primarily based by his late father. In June he apologized after deleting a much-criticized tweet that confirmed one explicit particular person in black face and one different in a Ku Klux Klan hood and robe.

On August 7, Liberty School’s govt committee talked about they requested Falwell Jr. to take an “indefinite depart of absence” after he posted {a photograph} on Instagram that confirmed him collectively together with his pants unzipped and his midsection seen. Throughout the image, Falwell is holding a cup of darkish liquid and has one arm spherical a lady whose shorts are moreover unzipped.

In a radio interview rapidly afterwards, Falwell Jr. talked about the woman was his partner’s assistant. He talked about the pair have been at a dressing up celebration and “it was merely in good pleasurable,” nonetheless added he must in no way have posted the image and talked about, “I’ve apologized to all folks and I promised my kids I’ll try and be an outstanding boy from proper right here on out.”

He instructed CNN on Tuesday by the use of textual content material message, “My contract didn’t allow the board to position me on depart for posting a picture of my abdomen and the board graciously accepted that actuality and accepted my resignation.”

Falwell Jr. was certainly one of many first evangelical leaders to endorse Trump when he ran for president. Conservative politicians lined up for the possibility to deal with the scholar physique on the Lynchburg, Virginia, school, and one GOP candidate announced his run for president there four years prior to now.

He remained a strong supporter after the President took office in 2017, irking some Liberty school college students and former staff who think about Trump wouldn’t share their values.

Monday was the first day of fall classes on the school, which was primarily based in 1971 by Falwell’s father, the Rev. Jerry Falwell, a conservative Christian stalwart and founding father of the Moral Majority movement. Jerry Falwell Sr. died in 2007.

CNN’s Melanie Schuman, Ganesh Setty, Athena Jones and Brandon Griggs contributed to this story.

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