Giancarlo Granda claims to have had a years-long sexual relationship with Becki Falwell with Jerry’s consent
In a claim likely to intensify the controversy surrounding one of the most influential figures in the American Christian conservative movement,Giancarlo Granda, a business partner of Jerry Falwell Jr has come forward with claims that he had a years-long sexual relationship involving the evangelical leader and his wife.
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’s relationship with the two required him having sex with Becki Falwell while Jerry Falwell looked on.
“Becki and I developed an intimate relationship and Jerry enjoyed watching from the corner of the room,” Granda said in an interview with Reuters.
Granda told Reuters that through the course of the relationship, these sexual encounters would happen multiple times a year at either hotels in Miami and New York or even at the Falwells’ home in the Lynchburg area.
Even so, the three fell out owing to Grands’s decision to dissolve ties with the couple and also fell into a business dispute. According to Reuters, Granda acted as the manager of a youth hostel in Miami Beach when the three bought the property in 2013. The article stated that corporate records show that Granda currently has a stake in that venture.
However according to Jerry Falwell,his wife had had an affair with Granda and Granda had been trying to extort money from the couple over the matter. Granda denies any such intent, saying he was seeking to negotiate a buyout from a business arrangement he says he had with the couple.
Falwell, 58, had taken an indefinite leave of absence earlier this month from Liberty University–the Christian school he has run since 2007–following an Instagram photo of himself with his pants unzipped, standing with his arm around a young woman whose pants were also partly undone. Falwell later told a local radio station that the picture was meant as a good-natured joke.
The university, based in Lynchburg, Virginia, was founded in 1971 by Falwell’s televangelist father, the Rev. Jerry Falwell. Today, the university boasts an online and on-campus enrollment that exceeds 100,000 students.
Recorded phone calls and screenshots of conversations between Granda and the Falwells offers an insight into how closely intertwined the trio were, adding weight to Granda’s claims that he had a years-long sexual relationship with Becki Falwell.
The material includes screenshots verified by Reuters from what Granda said was a FaceTime conversation he had with the Falwells in 2019. During that call, Becki was naked as the two discussed their relationship while Jerry peeked from behind a door.
An audio recording that captures a conversation Granda had with Falwells in 2018. In it, Becki complained about Granda describing his relationships with other people: “He’s like telling me every time he hooks up with people. Like I don’t have feelings or something.” Jerry then chimed in: “You’re going to make her jealous.” “I’m not trying to do that,” Granda replied.
Earlier texts show a friendly and romantic dynamic between Granda and Becki Falwell. One 2012 text message, which Granda said came from Becki, read in part: “Right now I am just missing you like crazy …. Have you had this effect on all of your lady friends.