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Jerry Falwell Jr, whose endorsement helped power Donald Trump to the US presidency, agreed to immediately resign as head of the Christian university he runs but then withdrew his resignation following media reports about it, the school said in a statement, Aram Roston reported on August 25, 2020 for Reuters

The statement late on Monday from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, where Falwell has served as president for over a decade, capped a day of back-and-forth news accounts surrounding an alleged sex scandal involving a business partner and Falwell’s wife.

Hours earlier, Politico quoted Falwell as saying, “I have not resigned,” in response to reports in the Washington Post and other media that he had stepped down. ABC News and the Wall Street Journal each reported separately that Falwell had told them on Monday night that he had submitted his resignation to the university’s board of directors. 

The conflicting accounts about Falwell’s exit followed a Reuters report earlier on Monday that a young business partner had come forward to say he had been in a years-long sexual relationship involving Falwell’s wife and the evangelical leader. The relationship, according to Giancarlo Granda, starting in 2012 and continuing into 2018, involved Granda having sex with Becki Falwell while Jerry looked on. Granda shared with Reuters texts and other material that he said supported his account of a sexual relationship with the couple.

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