Prominent American Evangelical Jerry Falwell Jr. denies resigning from academic post as sex scandal erupts

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As Reuters prepared to release the story, Falwell released a statement to the Washington Examiner on Sunday evening in which he said Becki Falwell had an affair with Granda. Becki Falwell did not respond to questions from Reuters. Falwell’s statement did not mention Granda’s allegation of a love triangle and he did not answer Reuters questions about it.

In the statement cited by the Examiner, Falwell said, “Becki had an inappropriate personal relationship with this person, something that I was not involved in.

Falwell, 58, had taken unlimited leave earlier this month from Liberty, the school he has run since 2007. The leave, announced in a laconic statement by the school’s board of trustees, came after a few days after Falwell posted and then deleted an Instagram photo of himself with his pants unzipped, standing with his arm around a young woman whose pants were also partially undone.

The Instagram photo that was posted and then quickly deleted. Falwell later said the post was meant to be a joke and the woman was his wife’s pregnant assistant. Instagram via Reuters

Falwell later told a local radio station the image was meant to be a good-humored joke.

Falwell’s departure from this high-profile perch represents a remarkable fall from grace for a man who has been a powerful force in conservative American politics. His surprise 2016 endorsement of Trump helped the twice-divorced New Yorker win the Republican nomination for president.

Becki Falwell, 53, is a political figure in her own right. She served on the advisory board of the Women for Trump group, which advocates for the president’s re-election campaign. She also spoke on a panel with her husband and Donald Trump Jr at last year’s Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC, the iconic annual gathering of Conservatives. Jerry Falwell and others refer to her as the “first lady of Liberty University”.

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