Giancarlo Granda, a business partner of Jerry Falwell Jr., has come forward with claims that he had an ongoing six-year sexual affair with the Falwells in which he would have sexual intercourse with Becki Falwell "multiple times per year" while Jerry watched from within the same room.
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.
Granda showed Reuters emails, text messages and other evidence that he says demonstrate the sexual nature of his relationship with the couple, who have been married since 1987. "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.
An audio clip provided by Giancarlo Granda purports to capture a 2018 phone call between himself and the Falwells in which Becki laments about her feelings of jealousy resulting from Granda "hooking up" with other women, while Jerry, allegedly on the same call, says, "You're going to make her jealous, Gian":
Granda and the Falwells eventually fell out over business dealings, leading to the alleged revelations of infidelity.
Jerry Falwell gave a statement to the Washington Examiner on Sunday night, the evening before the Reuters report was set for publication, claiming that he was not involved with the affair between Becki and Granda, that was not an ongoing affair, and that they were going public because Granda had been threatening to blackmail them.
The audio clip, which, if authentic, appears damning, was not mentioned in Falwell's statement.
? Falwell, 58, took an indefinite leave of absence recently from and at the request of Liberty University, the Christian college behemoth he has run since 2007, after posting images of himself with his arm around a scantily clad woman who was not his wife.