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Former Liberty University president Jerry Falwell Jr. reveals his wife had an affair with their pool boy who he claims is now trying to 'blackmail them' after they invested in his gay-friendly hostel and took him on vacation

Jerry Falwell Jr. claimed in a statement Sunday that his wife Becki was guilty of an affair in 2012 with a pool boy who was formerly a friend of the family. 
Falwell, one of the most influential right-wing Christian leaders in the United States, said the couple had chosen to make the affair public as he alleged the pool boy had been blackmailing them for years about keeping the secret. 
He claimed that the 'threatening behavior' left him with 'trauma' and had greatly affected him as he tried to run Liberty University.  
Falwell's statement did not identify the former family friend but he has previously been named as Giancarlo Granda, a first-generation immigrant living in Florida. 
Granda met the Falwell couple as a 21-year-old. 
Jerry Falwell Jr. (right) on Sunday claimed that former family friend Giancarlo Granda (left), pictured together, had an affair with his wife (second from right). Granda met the Falwells while working as a pool boy
Jerry Falwell Jr. (right) on Sunday claimed that former family friend Giancarlo Granda (left), pictured together, had an affair with his wife (second from right). Granda met the Falwells while working as a pool boy
Falwell, one of the most influential right-wing Christian leaders in the United States, said the couple had chosen to make the affair public as he alleged the pool boy had been blackmailing them for years about keeping the secret. Pictured: Falwell and Granda
Falwell, one of the most influential right-wing Christian leaders in the United States, said the couple had chosen to make the affair public as he alleged the pool boy had been blackmailing them for years about keeping the secret. Pictured: Falwell and Granda 
They quickly befriended him, bringing him on vacation and even investing in his gay-friendly hostel, that listed him and Falwell's son Trey as co-managers, according to the New York Times.     
Yet on Sunday, Falwell claimed the relationship had turned sour as Granda threatened to reveal the family's secrets. 
It came after Liberty University, which Falwell's father founded, said Friday that they were investigating 'various rumors and claims about Falwell' as they work to make a decision on whether to reinstate him as president or to fire him. 
Falwell began a paid leave of absence earlier in August after a string of embarrassing incidents, including a picture Falwell posted to social media that showed him with his pants unzipped, drink in hand, and arm around a woman. 
The prominent Trump supporter now claims that throughout this series of incidents, he was struggling with depression as a result of the threats that Granda was making against him. 
Granda, pictured, denied the claims the Falwells have made
Granda, pictured, denied the claims the Falwells have made
Granda hit back at the statement, however, telling the Washington Examiner that 'the WHOLE truth will come out', denying all the allegations that the Falwells have brought against him. 
Falwell made his statement exclusively to the Washington Examiner, telling them that he was 'tired of it'. 
'It was like living on a roller coaster,' he said in the statement. 
'While completely dedicating ourselves to Liberty, we were also suffering in silence during our personal time together, while simultaneously trying to manage and deal with this increasingly threatening behavior, which only worsened over time. 
'We were doing our best to respectfully unravel this "fatal attraction" type situation to protect our family and the university.'
He claims that the affair began in 2012 when Falwell himself was dedicating too much time to the university after being appointed its president following the death of his father in 2007. 
He alleges that he was not spending enough time with his wife and that he acknowledged this as a role in the affair as he forgave her. 
'Becki had an inappropriate personal relationship with this person, something in which I was not involved,' he insisted, 'it was nonetheless very upsetting to learn about.'
Falwell claims that he lost 80 pounds after learning about the affair. 
Falwell and his wife Becki, pictured, claimed that they decided to go public as Granda was threatening them but Granda has since said that the 'WHOLE truth will come out'
Falwell and his wife Becki, pictured, claimed that they decided to go public as Granda was threatening them but Granda has since said that the 'WHOLE truth will come out'
The Falwells met Granda, a pool boy, at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach (pictured) in 2012 and befriended him. He was soon hiking and water skiing in Virginia with the couple
The Falwells met Granda, a pool boy, at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach (pictured) in 2012 and befriended him. He was soon hiking and water skiing in Virginia with the couple
Falwell reportedly gave Granda part of the money to purchase this Florida hostel in 2013
Falwell reportedly gave Granda part of the money to purchase this Florida hostel in 2013
Jerry Falwell Jr. apologizes for photo during radio interview
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'Becki and I forgave each other, because while her indiscretion may have been more obvious and apparent, I realized that there were important smaller things I needed to do better too,' Falwell claimed, before adding that he is now seeking professional help. 
'I shouldn't have been afraid to admit my vulnerabilities and to reach out for assistance from the mental health professionals who could have alleviated this pain and stress,' he said.  
The 1,200-word statement continues to claim that after the affair ended, Granda began to ask for large amounts of money to keep the secret. 
'While we tried to distance ourselves from him over time, he unfortunately became increasingly angry and aggressive. Eventually, he began threatening to publicly reveal this secret relationship with Becki and to deliberately embarrass my wife, family, and Liberty University unless we agreed to pay him substantial monies,' Falwell claimed.
Falwell, picture above with his wife and Trump, flew Granda in 2012 to Liberty University to meet the president
Falwell, picture above with his wife and Trump, flew Granda in 2012 to Liberty University to meet the president
They also accused Granda of being 'emotionally unstable' and having attempted to target other women in the same way. 
The statement claimed Granda 'demonstrated emotionally unstable behaviors with some destructive tendencies, seemingly in response to his inability to achieve his professional goals. 
'Based on information from other sources, we believe that he may have targeted other successful women in similar ways.' they added. 
The young man fiercely denied the claims, telling the Examiner that 'any allegation of extortion is falsely, defamatory and belied by clear documentary evidence. 
'The Falwell's attempt to sandbag me, and the Examiner, with a last minute story without providing the Examiner clear evidence that this was not simply an "affair" with concocted allegations of extortion reeks desperation,' he added. 
The Falwells befriended Granda in 2012 when the young man, then 21, was working as a pool attendant at a luxury Miami Beach hotel. 
The couple were staying at the Fontainebleau hotel, which boasts a party scene that is a far-cry from the strict code of conduct at Falwell's Liberty University. 
There students are prohibited from having sexual relations outside of 'biblically ordained' marriage and are also banned from engaging with media that contains lewd lyrics, sexual content and nudity. 
According to the New York Times, Falwell liked Granda's ambition and the young man was soon hiking and water skiing with the couple in Virginia, 
They even flew him to Liberty University later in 2012 for a speech by Trump, where he was pictured with the president. Photos from the trip showed Granda on a private jet with Trump's 'The Art of the Deal' in his lap. 
Giancario Granda
Jerry Falwell Jr.
Falwell and Granda were both sued by a father-son duo who said Falwell refused to share profits from the investment into a Florida hostel they had helped establish
Jesus Fernandez Sr and Jesus Fernandez Jr sued, alleging that Falwell and Granda cut them out of the deal involving a hostel in Miami, Florida. The deal was settled in 2019
Jesus Fernandez Sr and Jesus Fernandez Jr sued, alleging that Falwell and Granda cut them out of the deal involving a hostel in Miami, Florida. The deal was settled in 2019
Some of the details of Falwell's relationship with Granda were first revealed in 2015 when they were both sued in Florida by a father and son.   
Jesus Fernandez Sr. and Jesus Fernandez Jr. claimed that they helped start the Alton Hostel in Miami Beach with Granda in 2013 with the financial aid of Falwell.
According to the suit, Falwell flew Granda around on the family's private jet and the evangelical leader told the pool boy that he wished to help him 'establish a new career and build a business' as their relationship 'evolved'. 
Yet Granda had no experience in business development and had asked Fernandez Sr. to get involved when he went to his then-friend Fernandez Jr., and asked for his help to come up with a good profitable business he could bring to Falwell. 
After they came up with the idea for the hostel, Granda went back to Fernandez Jr., and asked him to consult with his father, who 'was very experienced in real estate ventures,' according to the complaint. 
The complaint accused Falwell, his wife Rebecca, their adult son Trey and Granda of failing to share profits from the real estate venture when Fernandez believed that he had played a central role.  
Falwell settled the case in 2019. 

The hostel in question was purchased in 2013 for $4.7million in cash. 
Falwell filed an affidavit in 2018 saying he used his own wealth to lend $1.8 million to the project with Granda. Falwell's son Trey was initially listed as manager and Granda later as co-manger.
In the affidavit Falwell said that Granda was made co-manager in return for serving as its local representative. 
He added that he saw the hostel as a good opportunity to introduce his son and Granda to real estate investing, the Times reports. 
Yet another controversial aspect of the lawsuit would cause further problems for Falwell, however. 
According to the Times, it was believed that either Granda, Fernandez or their lawyers had compromising pictures of Falwell that they could use against him. 
In May 2019,  Falwell denied a stunning report that longtime Trump fixer Michael Cohen helped him to resolve a 'blackmail' attempt to help make 'terrible' photos go away in advance of his own pivotal Trump endorsement.  
Falwell's statement came on the heels of a report that the Liberty University President asked Cohen in 2015 to help make some 'personal' photos disappear, while the lawsuit was underway. 
During a call with actor Tom Arnold, Cohen said that a few months before Falwell's game-changing endorsement of Trump in the critical Iowa Caucuses, the president of Liberty University solicited Cohen's help after someone obtained racy 'personal' photographs. 
Cohen described the pictures to Arnold as 'terrible' and the sort that would typically be kept 'between husband and wife,' according to a recorded conversation reviewed by Reuters.
After the Falwells told Cohen someone had obtained photographs and was demanding money, Cohen flew to Florida and met with an attorney for the person with the photographs. 
Cohen added that the payoff 'never happened and the guy just either deleted them on his own or what have you'.
No photos have ever emerged.  

2 comments:

  1. In true Freemason form. It's always someone else's fault!

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  2. Falwell makes his money from teaching the lie of the tithe, that it is money, and that all are required to pay 10% when in-fact the tithe was only food, it was only required of the jew living in the Promised Land that grew crops or raised animals,no one else was required to pay the tithe. ALL "baptist" "preachers" teach that LIE and the IDIOT GULLIBLE flock never read their Bible to learn the truth.

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