Jerry Falwell Jr. agreed to permanently leave his position as president of the evangelical Liberty University after reports about his sex life led him to take an indefinite leave of absence.
The move on Monday, the first day of the new semester’s classes at Liberty, comes as the evangelical leader claims he’s being extorted by a business partner over his wife’s alleged affair. Falwell disputed characterizations saying he had stepped down later Monday, telling several outlets: “I have not resigned.”
The Washington Post, citing an unnamed source, said the resignation had been held up and negotiations around Falwell’s departure had not yet been finalized.
Earlier Monday, Reuters reported that a business partner came forward to say he had a sexual relationship involving the evangelical leader and his wife for years. Giancarlo Granda alleged he was 20 when he met Jerry and Becki Falwell while working as a pool attendant at