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Travel Prominent evangelical Jerry Falwell Jr. denies having a sexual relationship with a former Miami pool attendant but says his wife did

22:05  24 august  2020
22:05  24 august  2020 Source:   businessinsider.com

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Mike Pence, Jerry Falwell, Jr. are posing for a picture: Vice President Mike Pence and Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr., share a joke during the school's commencement ceremonies in Lynchburg, Virginia, May 11, 2019. Jonathan Drake/Reuters © Jonathan Drake/Reuters Vice President Mike Pence and Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr., share a joke during the school's commencement ceremonies in Lynchburg, Virginia, May 11, 2019. Jonathan Drake/Reuters
  • A business partner of Jerry Falwell Jr. says he had a lengthy sexual relationship with the evalengical leader and his wife, Reuters reported.
  • Giancarlo Granda, the business partner, claims the relationship involved him having sex with Falwell's wife, Becki, while the evangelical leader watched.
  • Falwell is fervently denying that he was involved in the relationship, but did not deny his wife's involvement.
  • "Becki had an inappropriate personal relationship with this person, something in which I was not involved," Falwell said in a statement to the Washington Examiner.
  • Falwell was an early supporter of President Donald Trump and has had a close relationship with the Trump administration.
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Jerry Falwell Jr., perhaps the most prominent evangelical leader in the US, is fervently denying a bombshell Reuters report that says he had a years-long sexual relationship involving his wife, Becki Falwell, and a business partner.

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Giancarlo Granda, the business partner, told Reuters that that the relationship involved him having sex with Becki while Jerry looked on.

"Becki had an inappropriate personal relationship with this person, something in which I was not involved," Falwell said in a statement to the Washington Examiner.

Michael Bowe, a lawyer for Falwell, told Reuters that the evangelical leader "categorically denies everything you indicated you intend to publish about him."

Granda said he met the Falwells while working as a pool attendant the Fontainebleau Miami Beach hotel in March 2012, where the relationship reportedly began. He showed Reuters emails, text messages, and other evidence that he said proved the relationship existed. Granda said the relationship lasted until 2018.

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Falwell in his statement to the Examiner accused Granda of attempting to extort him over the affair, an allegation that Granda vehemently denied.

"Any allegation of extortion is falsely, defamatory and belied by clear documentary evidence," Granda said in an email to the Examiner.

a man standing next to a stone bridge over a body of water: Giancarlo Granda, who was befriended by Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr and his wife Rebecca while he was working as a pool attendant at a luxury Miami Beach hotel and was later backed by them in a business venture involving a youth hostel, poses for a portrait in Washington, DC, August 10, 2020. Jonathan Ernst/Reuters © Jonathan Ernst/Reuters Giancarlo Granda, who was befriended by Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr and his wife Rebecca while he was working as a pool attendant at a luxury Miami Beach hotel and was later backed by them in a business venture involving a youth hostel, poses for a portrait in Washington, DC, August 10, 2020. Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

The Falwells went into business with Granda around 2013 after buying a Miami youth hostel. A representative of the Falwell family in 2018 told BuzzFeed News that Granda, who acted as manager of the hostel, was "offered a share" the Alton Hostel.

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Until recently, Falwell was best known as the president of the evangelical Liberty University, which was founded by his father, Jerry Falwell Sr. But in early August, the university announced Falwell was taking an "indefinite" leave of absence.

This came after Falwell, an early supporter of President Donald Trump, posted and deleted a photo of himself on a yacht with his pants unzipped and his arm around a woman, prompting heavy criticism.

"If you're running the largest Christian university in America maybe don't put photos of yourself on social media with your pants undone on a yacht — with random women in bad wigs. So gross, so hypocritical," Meghan McCain, host of "The View," said at the time.

Students at Liberty University are required to adhere to a strict code of conduct. "Cleanliness, neatness, appropriateness, and modesty are the general guiding factors with regard to dress," the university states.

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