Man, I was hoping to go all year without discussing Jerry Fallwell Jr.’s sex life.
Well, here we go.
Courtesy of the Washington Examiner:
Jerry Falwell Jr., suspended as president of Virginia’s Christian-focused Liberty University after a string of embarrassing acts, today said that he has suffered depression caused by a former family friend who had an affair with his wife and has been threatening to expose it.
In a statement exclusively to Secrets, Falwell revealed his wife Becki’s affair for the first time, said it was short lived 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,” said Falwell of the anxiety he’s felt about the affair becoming public and embarrassing his family and Liberty. “It’s just got to end,” he added.
The 1,200-word statement — shown below — followed the Liberty board’s decision to put Falwell on paid leave after he posted a “costume party” picture of him on a yacht with his pants partially unzipped and his arm around his wife’s assistant.
The board’s statement about Falwell on Friday referred to “various rumors and claims,” which may be related to indications that a news service planned to air new claims from the man who Becki Falwell had the affair with a pool attendant the Falwells met and befriended in 2012 while staying at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach.
The statement did not name the attendant, but he has been identified as Giancarlo Granda in dozens of news stories.
In the statement and phone call with Secrets, Jerry Falwell appeared 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,” 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.”
Okay, okay let’s back the fuck up here.
First off let’s acknowledge that the Washington Examiner is a tool for Right-Wing propagandists so it is hardly going to give this story the scrutiny that it so clearly deserves.
We, on the other hand, do not cover for Right-Wing assholes, so here we go.
Do you all remember this from September 9, in Politico?
Michael Cohen’s connection to Jerry Falwell Jr., veers into deeply personal territory.
In May 2019, Reuters reported that Cohen helped Falwell contain the fallout from some racy “personal” photos. Later that month, Falwell took to Todd Starnes’ radio talk show to rebut the claims.
“This report is not accurate,” Falwell said. “There are no compromising or embarrassing photos of me.”
Members of Falwell’s inner circle took note of the phrasing.
“If you read how Jerry is framing his response, you can see he is being very selective,” one of Falwell’s confidants said. Racy photos do exist, but at least some of the photos are of his wife, Becki, as the Miami Herald confirmed in June.
Longtime Liberty officials close to Falwell told me the university president has shown or texted his male confidants—including at least one employee who worked for him at Liberty—photos of his wife in provocative and sexual poses.
At Liberty, Falwell is “very, very vocal” about his “sex life,” in the words of one Liberty official—a characterization multiple current and former university officials and employees interviewed for this story support. In a car ride about a decade ago with a senior university official who has since left Liberty, “all he wanted to talk about was how he would nail his wife, how she couldn’t handle [his penis size], and stuff of that sort,” this former official recalled. Falwell did not respond to questions about this incident.
More than simply talking with employees about his wife in a sexual manner, on at least one occasion, Falwell shared a photo of his wife wearing what appeared to be a French maid costume, according to a longtime Liberty employee with firsthand knowledge of the image and the fallout that followed.
It does not sound as if Fallwell was surprised by his wife’s racy behaviors, but that instead he likely encouraged it.
There are also pictures of Falwell at popular Florida dance clubs, and rumors of his lifestyle as a swinger that have circulated for years, despite the fact that having sex or drinking are two ways to get expelled from the Liberty University campus.
What I think should be pretty obvious is that there is a scandalous story coming out about the Fallwells and Jerry Junior is desperate to get ahead of it.
And that is more or less confirmed by the pool boy himself:
Granda, who was 21 at the time, dismissed the charges of threats in an email to Secrets. He emailed, “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.”
Yeah, I think it is very unlikely that this will be the last time I write about Jerry Fallwell Jr’s sex life this year either.
Update: So now this pool boy is saying that Junior watched him plow his wife.
Courtesy of The Daily Mail:
Giancarlo Ganda, 29, spoke out on Monday in an interview with Reuters where he contradicted Falwell Jr’s claims that he was trying to extort the pair, and gave more details about his alleged sexual relationship with them.
He said he was 20 when he met the pair in Miami and that starting in March 2012, he had sex with Falwell’s wife Becki several times a year in hotel rooms, sometimes while Falwell Jr. watched, until 2018.
‘Becki and I developed an intimate relationship and Jerry enjoyed watching from the corner of the room,’ Giancarlo said.
Damn! So much for that whole “Moral Majority” thing, huh Jer?