Liberty University may take a journalist to court for an article detailing various allegations against school president Jerry Falwell Jr.
Breitbart News reported on Tuesday that the University had retained the services of the law firm Kasowitz Benson Torres, LLP, which has notable clients including President Donald Trump.
In an interview with the conservative news publication, Falwell explained that he and Liberty “have a fiduciary duty to defend the school from this attack.”
“We have been patient with the smear campaign being waged against the school, but it is clear now that there is a concerted effort to damage the school’s reputation and mission,” he told Breitbart.
At specific issue was a piece written by Brandon Ambrosino, a freelance writer and Liberty alumni who has been published by The New York Times, The Atlantic, Economist, and others.
In a piece for Politico published in September, Ambrosino reported talking to several current and former Liberty officials who spoke of a “culture of fear and self-dealing” at the school.
“More than two dozen current and former high-ranking Liberty University officials and close associates of Falwell spoke to me or provided documents for this article … about what they’ve experienced and why they don’t think he’s the right man to lead Liberty University or serve as a figurehead in the Christian conservative movement,” wrote Ambrosino.
“In interviews over the past eight months, they depicted how Falwell and his wife, Becki, consolidated power at Liberty University and how Falwell presides over a culture of self-dealing, directing university resources into projects and real estate deals in which his friends and family have stood to make personal financial gains.”
Ambrosino went on to write that, according to his sources, Falwell hired his son Trey’s company to manage a Liberty-owned shopping center and awarded contracts to businesses owned by friends.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski