WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Jerry Falwell Jr, a towering force in the U.S. evangelical Christian movement whose endorsement played a key role in President Donald Trump’s 2016 victory, has resigned as president of Liberty University, the school said on Tuesday.
Falwell’s dramatic departure as head of one of the world’s largest Christian universities came a day after Reuters reported that a business partner of the Falwell family had come forward with a stunning allegation: that he had been in a years-long sexual relationship involving Falwell’s wife and the evangelical leader.
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Falwell, who for over a decade served as president of the university founded by his father, did not respond to a request for comment.
Tuesday’s announcement from the university put an end to a day of fevered back-and-forth over Falwell’s fate. Falwell, 58, had initially agreed to resign shortly after the