Former Liberty president Jerry Falwell unexpectedly showed up to a student event and invited them to a graduation party at his home

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Jerry Falwell Jr., president of Liberty University, awaits the arrival of U.S. President Donald Trump to sign an executive order linking “free speech” efforts at public universities to federal grants in the East Room at the White House in Washington, U.S., March 21, 2019.

  • Liberty University filed a lawsuit against former President Jerry Falwell Jr. two weeks ago.
  • On Thursday, he showed up at a student event and invited them to a graduation party at his home.
  • Liberty has also banned all staff from communicating with Falwell.
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Former Liberty president Jerry Falwell Jr. showed up at a student event uninvited and announced a graduation party at his home, a few weeks after the university sued him, Politico reported.

“I just want to invite all the seniors to my farm on May 8. We’re going to have the real Liberty graduation,” Falwell told the students, standing on a small stage erected outside an off-campus student house, according to a video reviewed by POLITICO. “If you’re not a senior but you date one, you can come, too.”

Two weeks ago, Liberty University filed a lawsuit in Virginia state court against Falwell alleging he misused university resources and tried to conceal a relationship involving a former pool boy. The University also banned all staff from communicating with Falwell.

The university said in the lawsuit that Falwell’s years-long effort to conceal his “illicit conduct” hurt the university’s reputation and breached the school code of conduct.

Politico reported that Falwell and his wife Becki showed up to a Thursday school event where around 200 students were gathered unannounced and uninvited.

A student who was there told Politico that Falwell’s daughter, who is also a student at the university, told Falwell “Please don’t come.”

The Falwells have been engrossed in controversy including reports that he and Becki had a multi-year affair with a pool boy.

“We’d love to have you out there. Becki says there’s no way we can plan it that fast, but we can and we will,” Falwell said. He also encouraged students to share party information on social media, Politico reported.

In August 2020, Giancarlo Granda told Reuters that he had a multi-year sexual relationship with Falwell and his wife Becki. Granada said he met the couple in Miami in 2012.

Falwell said it was only his wife who participated in the affair.

In August 2020, Falwell posted a picture of himself with his pants unzipped, holding an alcoholic beverage in his hand, and with his arm around a woman at a yacht party. The photo outraged the US evangelical Christian community.

The photo also violated Liberty’s code of conduct. The university strictly requires students to dress “modestly” and also bars students from drinking.

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Jerry Falwell Jr.’s infamous photo with his pants unzipped was taken during a yacht party honoring a raunchy TV show, lawsuit says

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Jerry Falwell Jr., former president of Liberty University, waits for the arrival of President Donald Trump to sign an executive order in 2019.

  • A new lawsuit revives a scandalous photo of former Liberty University president Jerry Falwell Jr.
  • Falwell had his pants unbuttoned, a drink in one hand, and his arm around a woman in the photo.
  • The lawsuit says Falwell hosted a yacht party themed around the raunchy TV show “Trailer Park Boys.”
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A lawsuit Liberty University filed Friday against Jerry Falwell Jr., its former president, details the circumstances behind a controversial photo Falwell shared of himself on a yacht with his arm around a woman and his pants unzipped.

The photo, which Falwell posted on Instagram in August 2020, caused outrage at the time among the US evangelical Christian community.

Falwell is married, and he appeared to be holding an alcoholic beverage in the photo. Liberty University has a strict code of conduct that prohibits students from drinking, bans sexual content, and requires they dress “modestly.” Falwell is also a power center in Republican politics: His controversial early endorsement of Donald Trump in the 2016 election has been credited with rallying white evangelicals behind the former president.

According to the lawsuit – which is seeking millions of dollars in damages from Falwell Jr., alleging he gave himself a massive raise while covering up scandalous details about his personal life – the photo was taken during a Falwell-hosted yacht costume party. It was themed around “The Trailer Park Boys,” a raunchy Canadian TV show, and included “Falwell Jr.’s entire immediate family,” the lawsuit says.

“Overall, the tone and content of the show is vulgar,” the lawsuit says.

Attendees dressed up as characters from the show. The woman in the photo was another Liberty University employee and the wife of Falwell’s personal assistant, according to the lawsuit. The woman, who was pregnant at the time, unbuttoned the top of her shorts for comfort and Falwell unbuttoned his own pants “in apparent solidarity,” the lawsuit says.

The lawsuit includes a low-resolution reproduction of the image, which Falwell has since deleted from his Instagram account. Insider has obscured the woman’s face and isn’t identifying her because she did not appear to consent to the photo being made public.

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Jerry Falwell Jr. posted a photo of himself with his pants unbuttoned, a drink in one hand and his other arm around a woman.

Falwell told the woman in the image that he would keep the image to himself, the lawsuit says. He then posted it on Instagram anyway, calling the liquid in his glass, which looks a lot like wine, “black water.” He deleted the Instagram post soon afterward.

After the incident, Falwell gave an interview with local radio station WLNI where he said the photo was in “good fun” and that he “promised to be a good boy” going forward.

“You know, it was weird because she’s pregnant so she couldn’t get her pants up and I was like, trying to like – I have a pair of jeans I haven’t worn in a long time so I couldn’t get mine zipped either,” Falwell said. “So I just put my belly out like hers.”

Around the same time, the Liberty University lawsuit says, Falwell’s wife told Liberty University executives that Falwell Jr. was dealing with excessive alcohol use. Falwell took a leave of absence as the Liberty University president on August 7.

Falwell officially resigned weeks later as more personal details of his life came to light. He filed his own lawsuit against Liberty University over the circumstances of his departure.

In a statement Friday, Falwell said Liberty University’s new lawsuit was “full of lies and half-truths” and he would fight it.

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Two private institutions revoked Trump’s honorary degree following the Capitol siege

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President Donald Trump.

  • Lehigh University and Wagner College both announced on Friday that they would revoke President Donald Trump’s honorary degrees.
  • Trump received the honorary degree from Lehigh in 1988 after speaking at the institution’s commencement ceremony. He received a degree from Wagner in 2004.
  • Both Lehigh and Wagner cited the violence that rose out of the attempted coup at the US Capitol on Wednesday as reasons for revocation. 
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Two educational institutions announced that they are revoking their honorary degrees given to President Donald Trump in light of the riots at the Capitol building on Wednesday. 

Lehigh University and Wagner College both announced the revocation on Friday. 

Board of trustees “voted to rescind and revoke the honorary degree granted to Donald J. Trump in 1988,” a statement from the Lehigh University account on Twitter reads.  

Lehigh faculty members have for years urged the university to rescind Trump’s degree, which he received upon speaking at its 1988 commencement ceremony.  In 2018, nearly 300 Lehigh faculty members urged the board of trustees to rescind the degree. They argued that Trump’s statements and actions as president did not fall in line with the values of the school, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported. The trustees did not budge. 

The Wagner board of trustees also voted Friday to rescind an honorary degree he had received from the institution in 2004, according to a statement posted online.

The riot, which began after Trump encouraged his supporters to protest the results of the election, has been characterized as an attempted coup. Rioters stormed the Capitol building as lawmakers were meeting inside to certify the results of the 2020 presidential election.

Five people, including one police officer, died. Members of the Proud Boys, which is classified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, were reportedly present

Many lawmakers began to shelter in place upon notice that the riot broke out. Many evacuated the Capitol building. A quick-thinking Senate aide secured the boxes containing the electoral votes, rescuing them from possible damage. 

The vote to certify President-elect Joe Biden went on as planned hours after the riot ended. 

A day after the riot, Trump said there would be “an orderly transition” on January 20, Inauguration Day.

The riot spurred calls to once again impeach Trump, this time on a charge for “incitement of an insurrection.” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell circulated a memo to Republicans saying Trump cannot logistically be removed from office before Inauguration Day.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment. 

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