Spare a thought for the corpse of Jerry Falwell Sr. His heir, Jerry Jr., has not conferred glory on the family name. Capping weeks of scandalous publicity and a suspension from Liberty University, which his father founded and where Junior is president, Reuters has reported new details about his relationship with a Miami businessman. That man, Giancarlo Granda, confirmed he had been in a sexual relationship with Falwell’s wife, Becki — with her husband’s approval.
“Becki and I developed an intimate relationship, and Jerry enjoyed watching from the corner of the room,” Granda told Reuters. The encounters took place multiple times a year, from 2012 to 2018, he added. Texts, recordings, and screenshots obtained by Reuters appear to show Granda discussing the relationship with the couple.
The Reuters story adds substance to rumors that have circulated around Granda and the Falwells since at least 2018. But, for the most part, those rumors inferred scandal from a handful of available facts. BuzzFeed News first reported that two Florida men had sued both Granda and the Falwells for allegedly cutting them out of a Miami hostel business, and BuzzFeed’s original story contained some potentially salacious details about the Falwells’ close relationship with Granda: After meeting him when he was a 21-year-old pool attendant in Miami Beach, they’d “flown him in a private jet” before helping set him up in business.
But the details of the Falwells’ relationship with Granda remained murky. Jerry himself, meanwhile, tripped into scandal after scandal. A year after the BuzzFeed story broke, Reuters reported that Michael Cohen — yes, Michael Cohen, the former Trump attorney — had helped him quash “personal photographs” that had fallen into a third party’s hands. Those photos were of Becki Falwell, the Miami Herald reported weeks later, and, according to Politico, at least one showed her in a French-maid costume. Jerry sent the image to Liberty employees by accident and allegedly made a habit of discussing his sex life at work. A former university official told Politico about one particularly unfortunate car ride, during which “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.”
Only recently did Falwell’s behavior become too much for Liberty to tolerate. After photos surfaced showing him with his pants unzipped and a glass of what looks like beer in hand, he took an “indefinite leave of absence” at the request of the university’s board of trustees. But Liberty’s long nightmare wasn’t over yet. The Granda story still loomed.
Falwell’s personal sword of Damocles first looked likely to fall this weekend. In an interview with the conservative Washington Examiner, Falwell, who is one of Trump’s most prominent Evangelical backers, said that his wife had had an affair with Granda and that the former pool attendant then blackmailed the couple, which pushed Falwell into a depression. His recent un-Liberty-like behavior was a symptom of his distress, he said. But the interview invited further speculation: that Falwell, facing the loss of his job — and, along with it, the platform that had made him politically relevant — might have been trying to get ahead of a damning story. As it turns out, he was. It’s all rather biblical. Falwell offered his wife as a scapegoat, the theory goes, while dodging responsibility for his own part in the affair.
Normally, a couple’s consensual sexual arrangements aren’t worthy of a Reuters investigation. There’s nothing inherently wrong with French-maid costumes or cuckolding fetishes or whatever else — though discussing your sex life at length with an employee can indeed cross legal and ethical lines. But Falwell can blame only himself for the headlines. He is, after all, an Evangelical celebrity, the son of a man who profited greatly from hellfire and brimstone. The university the Falwells built expels students for far less serious infractions. Same-sex relationships are forbidden; so is premarital sex between men and women. Want a beer? Don’t even think about it. It’s called the Liberty Way, and Falwell was in charge of enforcing it up until Monday, when he announced that he would resign from his role as president.
Jerry Falwell Jr. will likely find a second act somewhere. Disgraced Evangelical men usually do. Fox News, for example, has space for anyone who wants to rant about cancel culture while glorifying Donald Trump. Falwell is not a sympathetic figure — but, in fairness, growing up in the Falwell family would damage anyone for life.
Jerry Falwell, Jr. seems like an awful person, but given his family, I feel like you have to grade him on a curve. This is from « Strength for the Journey, » a memoir by his father Jerry Falwell, Sr. pic.twitter.com/ZzZKqZreVu
This post has been updated to include Jerry Falwell Jr.’s resignation from Liberty University and to note that it was Falwell Jr.’s grandfather, and not his father, who fed a person’s cat to him.
In a claim likely to intensify the controversy surrounding one of the most influential figures in the American Christian conservative movement, a business partner of Jerry Falwell Jr has come forward to say he had a years-long sexual relationship involving Falwell’s wife and the evangelical leader.
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.
It’s relatively rare for a child to die of COVID-19, but the virus has claimed the lives of at least 90 children
A child younger than 5 is the first child to die of coronavirus complications in Iowa, according to the state’s Department of Public Health.
The unidentified child had significant underlying health conditions and died in June, health officials confirmed. Iowa’s medical examiner completed the investigation into the death on Aug. 6 after running routine and extensive testing in which covid-19 was proved to be the cause of death.
There have been a few other reported cases of COVID-19 reinfection, but none of those were confirmed with extensive testing
“An apparently young and healthy patient had a second case of Covid-19 infection which was diagnosed 4.5 months after the first episode,” University of Hong Kong researchers said Monday in a statement.
The report is of concern because it suggests that immunity to the coronavirus may last only a few months. And it has implications for vaccines being developed for the virus.
Given that there are millions of cases worldwide, it is not unexpected that a few, or even a few dozen, people might be reinfected with the virus after only a few months, experts have said.
Energy, attitude and personality cannot be “remoted” through even the best fiber optic lines. That’s the whole reason many of us moved to New York in the first place.
You ever wonder why Silicon Valley even exists? I have always wondered, Why do these people all live and work in that location? They have all this insane technology; why don’t they all just spread out wherever they want to be and connect with their devices? Because it doesn’t work, that’s why.
Real, live, inspiring human energy exists when we coagulate together in crazy places like New York City. Feeling sorry for yourself because you can’t go to the theater for a while is not the essential element of character that made New York the brilliant diamond of activity it will one day be again.
Joe Biden’s campaign, the Democratic National Committee and their joint fundraising committees raised $70 million over the party’s four-day convention this week, Biden’s campaign told CNN on Friday.
The haul comes the week after raising $48 million in the first two days after Biden selected Sen. Kamala Harris of California as his running mate, setting up August to become an enormous fundraising stretch for Democrats after Biden in recent months all but eliminated President Donald Trump’s cash-on-hand advantage. …
Over four days, roughly 122 million people watched the convention – including 85.1 million on television and 35.5 million livestream views combined over the online platforms of organizations that streamed the convention, Biden’s campaign said. The Biden campaign and the Democratic National Convention’s social media platforms – including YouTube, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter – saw a combined 128.7 million video views and 31.4 million engagements, or times someone shared, clicked or commented on that content.
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