Former Liberty University football player files defamation lawsuit, seeking $102 million

Published: Apr. 26, 2017 at 11:44 PM EDT
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Cameron Jackson has filed an 84 page defamation lawsuit claiming his Title IX rights were violated last Fall when Liberty University distributed a press release named Jackson as a person being investigated for a sexual assault against another student.

The incident in question happened in August 2015 but wasn't reported until July 2016.

According to the lawsuit, the accuser's account of what happened changed several times resulting in the Commonwealth's Attorney dropping the case last Fall.

Although the charges were dropped, Liberty's review board rejected Jackson's appeal to rejoin the football team.

Jackson is seeking a total of $100 million from both the university and the accuser and an additional $2 million from the five others. Jackson has also requested a trial by jury of all triable issues in the lawsuit.

A statement from Liberty University says, "Because of federal privacy regulations, there are limits to what can be revealed from a student’s records about allegations of student conduct code violations and the disciplinary proceedings to find whether the student was or was not responsible. Therefore, this statement is general in nature and focused on process.

Liberty University has carefully calibrated its Title IX policies and procedures to comply with requirements of federal law and agency guidance, and in the process, to be equally fair to complaining students and accused students alike, whether male or female. These even-handed policies and procedures were followed in Mr. Jackson’s case.

Liberty University has not breached any agreement or obligation to anyone accused of violating its Title IX policies. Mr. Jackson is no exception.

Liberty University has consistently provided those accused of Title IX violations with proper process both before and during their appeals. Mr., Jackson’s case was no exception.

Liberty University anticipates engaging counsel on behalf of its employees sued over how they performed their jobs. Of course, they are free to also engage their own counsel."