Disgraced, former Liberty University President Jerry Falwell, Jr., appeared at a comedy show at a private residence near Liberty’s campus last night, seemingly intoxicated, and invited seniors to the “real Liberty graduation” at his house.
“All the seniors, our farm, on May 8, we’re going to have the real Liberty graduation,” Falwell said with slurred speech into a microphone in front of a crowd of graduating students.
In the background, one girl eagerly whispers, “Let’s go!”
Last night Jerry Falwell Jr. showed up at a @LibertyU party and invited seniors to an end-of-the-year bash at his house, saying, “We’re going to have the real Liberty graduation.” 🤠🤠🤠🤠🤠🤠🤠🤠 pic.twitter.com/MCIWdxb5rg
— Luke Wilson (@wilson_fw) April 30, 2021
In a longer clip provided to The Roys Report without permission for release, the students cheered after hearing Falwell’s announcement. Falwell also invited people who weren’t seniors, but were dating seniors to the party.
He added that his daughter, a Liberty junior, didn’t want Falwell to come to the event last night with her. “My daughter’s probably so pissed at me right now,” said Falwell.
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Falwell told a reporter at Religion News Service that he was joking about the party being the “real” Liberty graduation. He said the scheduled event at his farm is “my way of saying thank you” to students who have supported him throughout the scandal-ridden past year.
“I just want to thank the students because they’ve shown me so much love through all this ordeal. Everywhere I go, they’re so forgiving. They’re so loving. And I want to reciprocate by having them out to my farm,” he said.
When asked about the appropriateness of the former president hosting such a party, Falwell said, “I live right here, and I’ve got I’ve got a big farm, and I got a bunch of students that I love and that love me, and I’m going to do it.”
The event where Falwell appeared was a comedy show with multiple families present, according to Save71, a group of Liberty alumni advocating for reform. The group noted that Falwell’s wife, Becki Falwell, has been accused of sexually preying on a Liberty student.
In light of Falwell’s invitation last night, Save71 noted in a tweet that Liberty University President Jerry Prevo has never addressed the allegations and asked if he would address them now.
Less than a year ago, his wife Becki Falwell was accused of sexually preying on a student, and both Falwells were accused of joking about students they would like to have sex with. @LibertyU has not addressed either allegation.@JerryPrevoLU do you want to address them now?
— Save71 (@save71LU) April 30, 2021
Liberty University did not provide a comment on the record for The Roys Report.
According to Giancarlo Granda, a former business associate who alleges he had a sexual relationship with the Falwells, Jerry Falwell, Jr., also once took pictures of a female student exposing herself at his farm. Falwell admits that he shared the photos, but disagrees that they were sexual.
Falwell has also “liked” several pictures of bikini-clad students on Instagram. On his own Instagram page, he posted a video of himself lifting two female students on a bar with pelvic thrusts.
Many of these allegations violate Falwell University’s code of conduct.
UPDATE: Jerry Falwell, Jr., has cancelled the grad party at his house due to being admitted to the hospital. He issued the following statement through his wife:
Last week at an event with Liberty University students, I announced that we would have a big picnic on our family farm for graduating seniors. Unfortunately, this weekend I encountered another bout of symptoms resulting from the respiratory emboli that were first diagnosed last year. For the fourth time this year I was admitted to the hospital for a series of tests to address my labored breathing and other effects of the emboli. As a result, we regrettably must cancel the picnic this weekend. This is a major disappointment to us since we wanted to celebrate the success of the graduating students and show them our appreciation. To them, our entire family extends our sincere congratulations and fond farewell.
Jackson Elliott is a Christian journalist trained at Northwestern University. He has worked at The Daily Signal, The Inlander, and The Christian Post, covering topics ranging from D.C. politics to prison ministry. His interests include the Bible, philosophy, theology, Russian literature, and Irish music.