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Jerry Falwell Jr. resigns as president of Liberty University

Jerry Falwell Jr. submitted his resignation as president of Liberty University Monday following a Reuters story that alleged he and his wife had engaged in a years-long intimate relationship with business partner and former pool attendant Giancarlo Granda, per multiple news reports.

The state of play: Since the news broke that Falwell resigned, he told Virginia Business that the resignation reports are "completely false." Liberty University spokesperson Scott Lamb told CNN that the university's board was in discussion with Falwell and that a statement would be made Tuesday.

The big picture: The evangelical leader and outspoken Trump ally had already agreed to take an “indefinite leave of absence” from Liberty after posting a photo of himself with unzipped pants and an arm around a woman on social media.

  • The Reuters report, which came after Falwell had claimed he was extorted by Granda over his wife's affair, only intensified calls for his resignation.
  • Falwell had also faced criticism for his controversial political statements and his decision to bring students back to campus in March, despite the threat of the coronavirus.

Editor's note: This article has been updated with the latest details on the fallout from the Reuters report.

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