Jerry Falwell Jr. says that he has suffered depression caused by a friend who had an affair with his wife and has been threatening to expose it.
OK, so this is the “pool boy”, right? Giancarlo Granda. For more backstory, see my post from December 2018.
In an exclusive statement Falwell revealed his wife Becki’s affair for the first time. He said but didn’t last long and that the two reconciled quickly.
But, they claimed, her former lover has threatened them over the past several years and they are done with it hanging over their heads.
“I’m just tired of it. It’s just got to end.”
The 1,200-word statement came following the Liberty University‘s board’s decision to put Falwell on paid leave after he posted a pic of himself on a yacht with his pants partially unzipped and his arm around his wife’s assistant.
The man who Becki Falwell had the affair with WAS pool attendant, Giancarlo Granda, that the Falwells met in 2012 while staying at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach.
Falwell appears to be relieved to have finally divulged the affair and years-long series of attacks they faced.
“It was like living on a roller coaster.
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 said that while they tried to remain friendly with the Miami man and his family, the threats and texts demanding huge amounts of money led them to cut him off.
“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.”
In 2012, the Falwells said they were impressed with Granda and wanted to help him start in business. Falwell’s wife worked a deal to buy a Miami hostel and put him in charge. The deal has been tangled in legal challenges.
Granda, who was 21 at the time, dismissed the charges of threats in an email,
“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.
The WHOLE truth will come out.”
The Examiner says that Falwell’s team did provide emails and texts that substantiate the allegations.
After Falwell found out about the affair, he said in the statement, he lost 80 pounds and suffered mental stress, especially as Granda switched from being thankful for Falwell’s help to demanding money.
“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.”
“Even though I continued successfully working with our entire Liberty team to achieve so many of our goals, I am now dealing with things in a way that I should have done before — including seeking to address the emotional toll this has taken…”
Remember back when Trump fixer Michael Cohen said Falwell had asked Cohen to do a fix for him. Falwell said that someone had come into possession of what Cohen described as racy “personal” photographs — the sort that would typically be kept
“between husband and wife.”
Could it be that the affair was not with Becki, but with Falwell himself? Or polyamorous? Nothing wrong with it, but it’s potentially a MUCH more explosive accusation & story if you run a religious university.
Remember 23 year-old Benjamin Crosswhite? According to real estate records and university emails, Falwell practically gifted some very valuable property from his non-profit Christian university to his “personal trainer”.
Crosswhite graduated from the school and thanks to Falwell’s largess he’s now the owner of a multi-million dollar, 18-acre racquetball and fitness facility located on university property.
You can read Falwell’s full statement in The Washington Examiner here.
In 2012, Jerry Falwell Jr. met a 21-year-old pool boy in Miami, developed a “friendly relationship” with him, flew him on a private jet he was renting (along with Falwell’s wife) and backed a venture of his to “help him establish a new career.” https://t.co/wQ6KXd4txm— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) December 9, 2018
(via Washington Examiner)