Jerry Falwell Jr. Says He'll Get $10.5M for Leaving Liberty University

Close friends Jerry Falwell Jr and Giancarlo Granda and Becki Falwell in Washington DC in 2018

Close friends Jerry Falwell Jr and Giancarlo Granda and Becki Falwell in Washington DC in 2018

Jerry Falwell Jr. has acknowledged that his wife had an illicit affair with a Miami pool attendant-turned-business partner, but has denied having ever being involved in any active capacity.

On Tuesday, the board of trustees at the private evangelical Christian university accepted Falwell's resignation, following a daylong back-and-forth over the fate of the longtime leader of the school, who spent 13 years in the position.

The announcement came after a day of conflicting statements about Falwell's status. $2.5 million over two years as salary, and another $8 million at the end of that time. "If they're going to bow down and let this happen, it's going to be an obvious statement that they care less about the interests of the university than Falwell", said Dustin Wahl, founder of Liberty University alumni group, Save71.

The evangelical leader told the Post that Liberty's "board was gracious not to challenge" his decision to step away on good terms.

The former pool attendant at the center of the sex scandal swirling around Jerry Falwell Jr. and his wife Becki Falwell is speaking out.

Falwell's departure represents a remarkable fall from grace for a man who has been a potent force in American conservative politics.

The evangelical leader - one of Donald Trump's earliest backers from the religious right - posted and then quickly deleted a picture of him in unzipped trousers and arm around a woman in unbuttoned shorts.

The revelations about Falwell may have little effect on Trump's chances in 2020, however. Their spirit is strong as they look to the future.

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The Reuters report on Monday was the latest in a string of personal embarrassments for Falwell.

"Im just exhausted of it", said Falwell of the anxiety he's felt about the affair becoming public and embarrassing his family and Liberty to The Washington Examiner. He has already been on an indefinite leave of absence after a scandal set off by a freaky photo he shared on social media. Falwell later told a local radio station that the picture was meant as a good-natured joke.

However, Reuters revealed that Granda shared emails, text messages, and other evidence that shed light on the nature of the relationship. Falwell said his wife had an affair with Granda and claimed that Granda was now trying to extort the couple. In 2018, the relationship soured, he said. He said their liaisons, which began in 2012, took place at hotels in Miami and NY, and sometimes at the Falwell's home in Virginia. Becki Falwell is 53.

Falwell's statement did not mention Granda's allegation of a love triangle and he did not address questions from Reuters about the matter. Granda even believes that the couple targeted him.

A source tells Fox News that Falwell has agreed to consult for Liberty during the transition to a new president.

Jerry Falwell Sr., founded in Lynchburg, Virginia.

He did not respond to requests for comment from RNS.

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