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UPDATE: Jerry Falwell, Jr. Reveals His, Uh Wife, Had an Affair with the Pool Boy

By Dustin Rowles | Politics | August 24, 2020 |

By Dustin Rowles | Politics | August 24, 2020 |


Update: The “pool boy,” Giancarlo Granda, has released his account, and it doesn’t exactly line up. Skip to the bottom for details.


I don’t know how possible it is to unravel this mess, but I will try: Jerry Falwell, Jr. was recently suspended as President of the evangelical Liberty University after he drunkenly tweeted a “racy” photo of himself and his wife’s assistant on a yacht. He [drunkenly] tried to explain it away, but it only made it worse.

That suspension may have had much more to do with the long-rumored affair between “his wife, Becki,” and a former pool boy, a then 21-year-old Giancarlo Granda. Today, Jerry Falwell Jr., is attributing his erratic behavior to that affair, publicly admitting it for the first time. He claims that his wife had a brief affair with Granda, and that Granda has been blackmailing him in a Fatal Attraction-like scenario. In a statement, he said that the threat had been hanging over his head for years.

“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.”

“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.”

This account goes against what is the more popular theory about Falwell Jr., his wife, and Granda, which is that the three had an affair together. The speculation — backed by considerable evidence, including a lawsuit and a phone conversation between Michael Cohen and Tom Arnold, the fact that the Falwell’s invested in Giancarlo Granda’s gay-friendly Miami hostel — is that Trump’s former fixer basically made Falwell Jr.’s problems go away in exchange for his endorsement of Trump. Falwell Jr. was the first major evangelical figure to endorse Trump, which led to a wave of evangelical support, all apparently built upon an extortion threat after a thruple.

How very evangelical.

Whatever the actual story is, over on Twitter, a lot of people are claiming that Jerry Falwell, Jr. is throwing his wife under the bus to save himself.

Granda, meanwhile, also released a statement:

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.”

I think this story could get even seedier, and — like the situation with the Conways — it is also happening during the RNC week. Trump’s own people are overshadowing him during what may be the most important week of his reelection effort.

Update: Granda confirms the affair, suggests that it went on “for years,” and that it was an actual cuckold situation, whereby Jerry Falwell watched while Granda and his wife had sex. From Reuters:

“Becki and I developed an intimate relationship and Jerry enjoyed watching from the corner of the room,” Granda said in an interview. Now 29, he described the liaisons as frequent - “multiple times per year” - and said the encounters took place at hotels in Miami and New York, and at the Falwells’ home in Virginia.

Update, Update: Jerry Falwell Jr. has permanently resigned from Liberty University.

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