The Washington Post religion team is on this:
Jerry Falwell Jr., a real estate developer who became a passionate defender of President Trump and took over a Christian university meant to evangelize the world, agreed to resign during negotiations Monday, according to a university official, after a series of sordid scandals rocked the huge school he has led since 2007. The official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the negotiations, later said there was a holdup to finalizing negotiations, and Falwell said later Monday night that no agreement was in place.
Opposition to his presidency had been growing but came to a dramatic head after two new reports about a young man Falwell and his wife befriended at a Florida pool, went into business with and who allegedly was sexually connected to the couple. One report painted Falwell as the victim of an obsessive affair; the other as an eager participant manipulating a naive young man.
At the last minute, Falwell’s purported exit became complicated. Reached by phone Monday night, Falwell said he is not resigning. He referred further questions to his public relations team, which has not issued a comment. According to the university official, a resignation process had started, then broke down. Discussions between the two sides continued into Monday evening.
They also have quotes from court evangelical Robert Jeffress and Karen Swallow Prior:
Robert Jeffress, a Southern Baptist pastor in Dallas who also supports Trump, said he has high regard for the university and has spoken there several times. He said was unaware of Granda’s allegations about Falwell and his wife.
“Jerry has done a great job in building a tremendous school,” Jeffress said. “The allegations, if true, should be a warning of the destructive power of sin.”
She said that Falwell’s behavior often played out on social media, and the school’s leadership was often ignorant of how he treated some people.
“It’s been months, if not years, of having a leader whose power and words have been unchecked,” said Prior, who now works for Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Karen Swallow Prior, an English professor who worked for the university for 21 years, said that morale at the school has been low under Falwell’s “authoritarian” leadership. She said that frustration has been building over the past several months, but there were several recent incidents that particularly upset Liberty students and graduates.
Read the entire piece here.