Former Olympic bombing suspect Richard Jewell has settled his lawsuit against his former employer, Piedmont College, for an undisclosed amount of money.
Jewell's attorney, Lin Wood, said yesterday that the north Georgia college will be dropped this week from Jewell's libel suit against the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Jewell had alleged that Piedmont President Ray Cleere and a college spokesman, Scott Rawles, slandered him in statements to the newspaper about his job performance and personality. Wood declined to say what led to the settlement or how much money Jewell will get.
Cleere would not comment, and there was no answer at Rawles's office.
Jewell, 34, worked as a security guard at Piedmont before taking a job last summer as a guard at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta.
He was hailed as a hero for helping clear people away from the bomb before it exploded in the park on July 27, killing one person and injuring more than 100. But three days later, the newspaper reported that he was the focus of the FBI's investigation. In October, the Justice Department cleared Jewell.
Jewell filed suit Jan. 28 against the newspaper and the college, saying the newspaper portrayed him as having a "bizarre employment history and aberrant personality who was guilty of criminal involvement in the Centennial Olympic Park bombing."
The Journal-Constitution responded that its reporting was "fair, accurate and responsible."
Jewell also has reached monetary settlements with CNN, NBC and an Atlanta radio station.