Defamation, Title IX cases move forward against LU
LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) - New developments in a lawsuit against Liberty University and some of it's employees.
A federal judge in Lynchburg allowed former LU football player Cameron Jackson's defamation and Title IX cases against LU, Sarah Browning, and Len Stevens to move forward. The matter is scheduled for a jury trial next summer.
Jackson claims that a press release sent out by Liberty University, saying they were investigating him for "reports of sexual assault," violated his Title IX rights.
Liberty University's attorney said Jackson alleged 18 causes of action against all of the defendants in his original lawsuit, 14 of which were brought against Liberty University or its employees. David Corry said the university is pleased with the court's decision to dismiss all, but one of the claims it asked to be dismissed.
The Lynchburg Commonwealth's Attorney never charged Jackson because there was "insufficient evidence."
Jackson's attorney, Josh Farmer, also said Jackson petitioned for good standing with the school, which has now been approved.
Farmer explained that this means that the "sexual assault" notation on his transcript will be permanently removed, and he is free to apply for readmission to LU if he desires.
Farmer said Jackson desperately wants to clear his name, continue his college education and, if possible, advance his football career. Farmer said he's currently weighing all options available to him, including transferring to another school, or returning to Liberty.
"The next step will be discovery, which is the process whereby the parties request documents, depositions and other evidence for use in the case. That process takes several months and develops a full factual record," said Corry, on the next step in the case after the judge's ruling to allow the case to proceed.
Corry said Liberty is confident that the remaining claims will be dismissed.