Jerry Falwell Jr. resigned as president of Liberty University after several personal scandals. Meet the Falwell family, popular televangelists and founders of a mega church.

  • Jerry Falwell Jr. resigned from his post as president of Liberty University on August 25.
  • In a Reuters report dated August 24, a former business associate of Falwell Jr. said he had a sexual affair with Falwell Jr. and his wife, Becki Tilley. A lawyer for the couple told Reuters that they “categorically [deny]” it. 
  • The move comes after Falwell Jr. took an extended leave of absence in early August after posting an Instagram photo of himself and a woman with their pants unzipped. He later deleted the image.
  • News broke on September 17 that on August 30, less than a week after the Reuters report, Becki called 911 to report that Falwell Jr. was “intoxicated and bleeding.” Medical responders found him with cuts on his face. 
  • Falwell Jr.’s father, Rev. Jerry Falwell Sr., started the Christian university in 1971. He was a popular televangelist and the head of a conservative political lobbying group.
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Jerry Falwell Jr. resigned as the president of Liberty University on August 25. Emergency calls obtained by and reported on by HuffPost reveal that five days later, his wife, Becki Tilley, called 911 to report that her husband was “intoxicated and bleeding.” Per the report, medical responders found Falwell Jr. with cuts on his face; one responder noted that he had hit his head on a trash can.

At the beginning of the month, Falwell Jr. took a leave of absence from his post at the university days after he posted and later deleted an Instagram photo of himself and a woman with both of their pants unzipped and his arm around her. In a statement to a local Virginia radio station, Falwell Jr. said that the woman was his wife’s assistant and the picture was a good-natured, but misleading, joke and apologized for it.

On August 24, Reuters published a report in which a business associate of Falwell Jr.’s claimed to have been involved in a three-way sexual affair with Falwell Jr. and his wife. Falwell denied the claim. 

A representative from Liberty University did not immediately respond to Business Insider’s request for comment on this story.

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