In a claim likely to intensify the controversy surrounding one of the most influential figures in the American Christian conservative movement, a business partner of Jerry Falwell Jr has come forward to say he had a years-long sexual relationship involving Falwell’s wife and the evangelical leader.
Giancarlo Granda says he was 20 when he met Jerry and Becki Falwell while working as a pool attendant at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach hotel in March 2012. Starting that month and continuing into 2018, Granda told Reuters that the relationship involved him having sex with Becki Falwell while Jerry Falwell looked on.
Becki Falwell did not respond to emails or phone and text messages from Reuters. After Reuters presented its initial reporting early last week to the Falwells, a lawyer for Jerry Falwell, Michael Bowe, said the evangelical leader “categorically denies everything you indicated you intend to publish about him.”
At the link you’ll see that last night’s interview with the Washington Examiner was Falwell’s attempt at damage control for this Reuters article. Read the whole damn thing.
My latest. Giancarlo Granda speaks exclusively to @Reuters about his sexual relationship with the Falwells.
“Becki and I developed an intimate relationship and Jerry enjoyed watching from the corner of the room.” https://t.co/RiSaTMKivC via @SpecialReports
— Aram Roston (@AramRoston) August 24, 2020