Jerry Falwell Jr. drops lawsuit against Liberty University

Lawsuit filed in October

FILE - In this Nov. 28, 2018, file photo, Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. speaks before a convocation at the university in Lynchburg, Va. Liberty's board said Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, that it had chosen Jerry Prevo as interim leader, days after Falwell began a leave of absence after one of his posts on social media created an uproar. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File) (Steve Helber, Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

LYNCHBURG, Va. – Officials at Liberty University announced Thursday that former university president Jerry Falwell Jr. has dismissed his lawsuit against the university.

Falwell Jr. filed a lawsuit in October claiming the university “needlessly injured and damaged his reputation through a series of statements, published in print and spoken in large public forums and streamed online, following his forced resignation from the University.”

[‘I must take the necessary steps to restore my reputation’: Jerry Falwell files a lawsuit against Liberty University]

In Thursday’s statement, Liberty University officials said, “Falwell’s unilateral and voluntary dismissal was not prompted by any payments, promises, or other consideration from Liberty.”

In a statement given to 10 News, Falwell Jr. said, “I’ve decided to take a time out from my litigation against Liberty University, but I will continue to keep all options on the table for an appropriate resolution to the matter.”

University leaders said they were “pleased” with Falwell Jr.’s decision to drop the lawsuit and they look forward to the search for a new leader to succeed Falwell Jr.


“Liberty University announces that Jerry Falwell, who resigned as President of the University in August, has dismissed his lawsuit against Liberty.

Falwell’s unilateral and voluntary dismissal was not prompted by any payments, promises, or other consideration from Liberty. The University’s administration and Board of Trustees are pleased that Falwell has dropped his lawsuit and look forward to pressing onward with the work of Liberty’s President and Chancellor Search Committee to find the new leadership  to succeed Falwell.”

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