Jerry Falwell Jr. Sues Liberty University For $8.5 Million Years After Resigning As President

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Former Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. sued the institution for more than $8,500,000 in retirement benefits in early March.

Falwell Jr. exited the Lynchburg, Virginia, university in 2020 after a former Miami pool boy-turned-Falwell family business partner Giancarlo Granda disclosed a years-long sexual relationship with Falwell’s wife Becki, which he alleged also involved Falwell, who denied involvement. Falwell initially attempted to sue the school for defamation, but dropped the case soon after.

The March complaint argued that Falwell Jr.’s retirement account totaled more than $8.5 million, including a 6% annual investment return. Falwell Jr. reportedly negotiated the retirement plan in 2019, the New York Post reported.

“Liberty wrongfully has denied and withheld the benefits to which Mr. Falwell is entitled, despite Mr. Falwell meeting every requirement set forth in the [Supplemental Executive Retirement Plan] for payment of the benefits due on September 1, 2022,” the suit states, according to the NY Post.

Liberty University previously sued Falwell Jr. for $10,000,000 in 2021, claiming that he covered up the alleged affair involving Granda and thus breached his contract and fiduciary duty. (RELATED: Jerry Falwell Jr. Denies Reports He’s Left Liberty After Saying Wife Had Affair Without His Involvement)

Falwell’s fall from grace was depicted in the Hulu documentary “God Forbid.” Though the documentary detailed the more shocking aspects of the couple’s relationship with Granda, it also heavily leaned into a hate campaign against conservatives and former President Donald Trump. The Falwells have alleged that Granda was trying to extort them, the NY Post noted.