Falwell Claims Victim Status While Also Collecting A $10.5M Severance Package

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Jerry Falwell said the board was "gracious" not to challenge his severance package, adding: “I haven’t done anything."

Jerry Falwell Jr. reportedly will receive a $10.5 million severance package as he resigns his position as president of Liberty University, according to The Hill.

  • The prominent Evangelical “told The Washington Post that he will receive $2.5 million over the next two years, during which he will not work for a competing institution.”
  • The report added that Falwell “will then receive about $8 million in retirement as part of a contract he signed in July 2019.”
  • Falwell told The Post, “The board was gracious not to challenge that,” and insisted, “I haven’t done anything.”
  • The university officially accepted Falwell’s resignation on Tuesday, after he had found himself embroiled in controversy over the past few weeks.

Falwell first came under scrutiny earlier this month after he posted a photo of himself on a yacht with his arm around a young woman and his pants unzipped.

A longtime business partner then claimed Falwell was a willing participant in a years-long affair involving his wife, Becki Falwell.

  • The business partner, Giancarlo Granda, claims that Jerry Falwell would sometimes watch — either in person or on tape — while he and Becki were having sex.
  • The Hill noted that the Falwells have admitted the affair but have “denied that Jerry Falwell was involved, claiming the former business partner was trying to blackmail the couple — allegations the former associate has dismissed.”

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