Report: Liberty Land Deal Benefited Falwell's Trainer

August 28, 2019

Jerry Falwell Jr., Liberty University's president, personally approved real estate transactions by the university that helped his personal fitness trainer develop an 18-acre racquet sports and fitness facility on former Liberty property, Reuters reported Tuesday.

In 2016, Falwell signed the real estate deal that transferred the sports facility to Benjamin Crosswhite, a Liberty graduate and Falwell's trainer. Crosswhite did not put any of his own money down, according to Reuters. Liberty committed roughly $650,000 up front to lease back tennis courts from Crosswhite for nine years. The university offered a 3 percent rate on financing for the rest of the $1.2 million transaction, a contract obtained by the news organization showed.

Liberty said in a statement to Reuters that the transaction was proper and beneficial to the university. It said the property had become a drain on university resources.

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