Amid controversy erupting over a racy picture on Instagram, Jerry Falwell Jr revealed about his wife’s affair. In a statement sent to The Examiner on late Sunday, Jerry admitted that his wife Becki Falwell struck up an “inappropriate personal relationship” with a Florida pool boy who worked at one of the family’s properties.
Jerry Falwell Jr. released a statement to Washington Examiner columnist Paul Bedard on Sunday. Confirming his wife’s affair, he said that they both “forgave each other”. He further reiterated that the decision to come forward was because his wife’s former lover had been extorting them for “huge amounts of monies” to stay quiet. “I’m just tired of it,” Falwell told Bedard.
Jerry Falwell Jr. Statement
The young man who is identified as Giancarlo Granda was also associated with the Falwell’s in property deals following the affair. Falwell Jr. in his statement has claimed that Giancarlo had created a “Fatal Attraction” type situation. Fatal Attraction is a popular 1987 movie where a jilted extramarital lover uses retaliatory intimidation to force a relationship. Falwell Jr. went on to claim that Giancarlo became “increasingly angry and aggressive” and even tried to extort the family. However, the suspended president did not submit any evidence of his claims.
According to an investigation into the family’s dealings published by Politico in 2019, the Falwell’s invested 1.8 million in a property deal to Granda to open up a youth hostel in Miami Beach.
In an email submitted to the Examiner, Granda denied making any threats to the family. He wrote: “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.”
Falwell Jr. suspension from Liberty University
Jerry Falwell Jr. acted as the president of Liberty University, a conservative evangelical Christian college founded by his father. He was placed on paid suspension for posting then deleting a photo of himself with his arm around a woman. The picture showed both their pants partially unzipped at a “Trailer Park Boys” costume party on a yacht owned by NASCAR billionaire Rick Hendrick.
Meanwhile, Jerry Falwell Jr. went on to say that he hopes his story will inspire others to seek mental health resources during a crisis. “I shouldn’t have been afraid to admit my vulnerabilities and to reach out for assistance from the mental health professionals who could have alleviated this pain and stress,” he wrote.
“I am committed to speaking out and sharing with others at Liberty the importance of seeking counseling instead of thinking you need to be tough and try to bear these burdens on your own.”
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