Oral Roberts University has reached a settlement with two former professors who sued last year, claiming they were forced out after uncovering financial and ethical wrongdoing by the school’s former president and family. The confidential settlement with Tim and Paulita Brooker came at the end of a court-ordered mediation session. It will bring to a close – at least from a legal perspective – the scandal that engulfed the evangelical school, founded in the 1960s by televangelist Oral Roberts, and led to the resignation of his son, Richard, as president.
Richard Roberts and his wife, Lindsay, were accused of using University money for shopping sprees, home improvements and a stable of horses for their daughters at a time when the University was more than $50 million in debt. Both have repeatedly denied wrongdoing. The Brookers also had named as Defendants the Robertses, former school regents and officials in the October 2007 wrongful termination lawsuit. In January, the school settled out of court with professor John Swails, who brought the lawsuit along with the Brookers. That confidential settlement resulted in Swails’ reinstatement at ORU.
Source: Associated Press
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