Jerry Falwell, Jr. is asking the Lynchburg Circuit Court to dismiss a $40 million lawsuit filed against him by Liberty University, the school he ran for years, claiming that the lawsuit is just an attempt to publicly shame him.
As if Falwell hadn’t done that to himself repeatedly over the past year…
The school filed its lawsuit back in April, claiming Falwell breached his contract, misled the school’s board, and concealed his alcohol problem. It came months after Falwell was forced to resign following a wild sex scandal that involved his wife and a pool boy, and then another sex scandal involving another Liberty University student. (Life was good for bloggers everywhere.)
But Falwell wants the court to toss out the case.
In documents filed Tuesday in Lynchburg Circuit Court, Falwell states the suit focuses on his wife’s personal life while not addressing his “actions as the leader of Liberty.”
“The rehashing of these events and protected defamation of Falwell through litigation serves one mission — ruining Falwell’s reputation through mischaracterization of events and public shaming through out-of-context pictures filed in a public complaint,” it reads.
It’s ironic that Falwell claims there’s too much focus on his “wife’s personal life” (as if he wasn’t watching from the corner of the room) and not his work as Liberty’s president when Liberty’s entire culture blurred the lines between his public and private personas.
If Liberty wants to bring up sexual photos of Falwell’s wife, it’s only to show that Falwell was a hypocrite whose actions tarnished the school’s reputation. (Liberty is all about sex-shaming and LGBTQ bigotry, dammit! Not threesomes with pool boys!)
Falwell also claims the lawsuit focuses on “salacious false allegations,” but if there are pictures, the allegations are hardly false. Hell, Falwell’s own social media posts are proof he was a hypocrite who brought shame to the school.
In case you need a reminder, Falwell’s downfall really began last August after he posted a bizarre picture of himself with his fly unzipped and belly out, then got caught “liking” photos of younger women (including Liberty students) in not-so-Christian poses.
But those were sideshows from the real scandal involving Giancarlo Granda, who told Reuters in August that he regularly slept with Becki Falwell — over the course of several years — while Falwell himself watched. Days after that revelation, we learned that Becki had a thing for students at Liberty after one former student (a friend of her son’s!) claimed she crawled into his bed and performed oral sex on him.
Perhaps even more bizarre than any of that was how Falwell sued Liberty for defamation in October before dropping the lawsuit in December. Maybe he realized that he was responsible for his own awful reputation.
Atheists couldn’t dream of an implosion this glorious.
(Large portions of this article were published earlier)