Jerry Falwell Jr.’s alleged blackmailer possesses compromising pictures and communications that might be “dangerous” to his household, in line with a lawsuit filed by Liberty College in opposition to its former president.
On Thursday, Liberty College filed a civil swimsuit in Virginia’s Lynchburg Circuit Court docket alleging that Falwell broke an employment contract and withheld particulars of a private scandal from the college. Falwell known as the lawsuit, which is in search of tens of thousands and thousands in damages, a “energy seize” that is “filled with lies and half-truths” in a sequence of tweets on Saturday.
Falwell left his position as president of the college final August after a person named Giancarlo Granda alleged that he had an affair with Falwell’s spouse, Becki Falwell. Granda additionally accused Falwell of getting information of the affair and taking part as a voyeur.
The Falwell household admitted the affair, however denied all different allegations and claimed that Granda had blackmailed the household for cash.
“Granda threatened to make use of the surreptitious sexual intimacy, and surrounding conduct, to ’embarrass the Falwells and Liberty College,'” the lawsuit learn. “Granda had amassed appreciable leverage over the Falwells, and, accordingly, they labored to maintain Granda pacified and quiet.”
The lawsuit additionally claimed that Granda took racy pictures and recorded his telephone calls and FaceTime communications with Falwell’s spouse “for the aim of enhancing ‘extortion makes an attempt.'”
“Granda had entry to loads of materials that would have been deeply damaging to Falwell Jr. within the eyes of the evangelical group,” in line with the swimsuit. “Falwell Jr. and Granda each knew that issues of infidelity, immodesty and acceptance of a free way of life would stand in stark distinction to the conduct anticipated of leaders at Liberty.”
The college accused Falwell of endangering and damaging its status by maintaining the affair and extortion a secret. “Regardless of his clear duties as an govt and officer at Liberty, Falwell Jr. selected private safety,” the lawsuit acknowledged.
Falwell had a “fiduciary obligation to reveal Granda’s extortive actions, and to reveal the potential for critical hurt to Liberty,” in line with the lawsuit. It additionally alleged that Falwell negotiated a “2019 Employment Settlement that contained a better wage from Liberty,” which “furthered the conspiracy of silence.”
On Saturday, Falwell condemned the college’s lawsuit as “one more try and defame me and discredit my document following a sequence of harsh and pointless actions in opposition to my kids, Becki, and me.”
“I at all times abided by the necessities that utilized to everybody on the College workers. This lawsuit is filled with lies and half truths, and I guarantee you that I’ll defend myself vigorously,” he added.
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