Jerry Falwell Jr. is suing Liberty University for firing him over a pool boy sex scandal earlier this year
Jerry Falwell Jr. is suing Liberty University for firing him over a pool boy sex scandal earlier this year.
In a lawsuit filed on Thursday in Virginia, he claims the Christian school affirmed the ‘false’ claims of 29-year-old Giancarlo Granda and damaged his reputation as a result.
He also believes that Granda is being bankrolled by Democratic operatives who take issue with him supporting Trump and donating to his campaign.
He names The Lincoln Project, a Democratic PAC, and claims they are giving Granda money.
Granda claims he had a years-long affair with Falwell’s wife Becki and that Falwell sometimes watched them having sex.
Falwell admitted that Becki had an affair but insisted he had no part in it. He maintains that he upholds Liberty’s values, despite reportedly being seen drinking on occasion – something that is frowned upon by the school – and cavorting with students.
In a statement to accompany his lawsuit, he said: ‘Other than God and my family, there is nothing in the world I love more than Liberty University.
‘I am saddened that University officials, with whom I have shared so much success and enjoyed such positive relationships, jumped to conclusions about the claims made against my character, failed to properly investigate them, and then damaged my reputation following my forced resignation.
‘While I have nothing but love and appreciation for the Liberty community, and I had hoped to avoid litigation, I must take the necessary steps to restore my reputation and hopefully help repair the damage to the Liberty University brand in the process.’
Falwell Jr. with pool boy Giancarlo Granda when they met in 2012 in Miami
Granda with Falwell Jr. and his wife Becki, circled. He says he had a six-year affair with Becki
Granda says he had a six-year affair with Becki that began when they met in Miami in 2012, when he was just 20 and was working as a pool boy.
‘He claims that Jerry knew about it and watched them had sex the first time then continued to give his blessing to the affair for years afterwards.
Their seemingly friendly relationship fell apart when he tried to be bought out of the Miami gay-friendly hostel that the Falwells bought and put him in charge of.
Then, Granda threatened to ‘go kamikaze’ and share details publicly.
To get ahead of him, Jerry released a statement claiming Granda had had an affair with his wife but that it was brief and he had nothing to do with it.
Afterwards, he stepped down from Liberty – the ultra-religious university that his father, Jerry ‘Big Jerry’ Falwell Sr., founded.
Liberty has launched an investigation into Falwell’s conduct at the helm of the school.
Falwell Jr. stepped down from Liberty after the pool boy scandal emerged