Giancarlo Granda, the man at the center of a sex scandal involving Jerry Falwell Jr, detailed on Friday how the evangelical leader and outspoken Trump ally allegedly “enjoyed watching” his wife and Granda having sex.
In an interview with ABC News, Granda said he met Becki Falwell and Jerry Falwell, who resigned as president of Liberty University this week, at a hotel in Florida in 2012. Granda, who was 20 at the time, said: “He was aware from day one of our relationship, and he did in fact watch,” Granda said.
Falwell, one of the most influential evangelicals in the US and whose endorsement helped Donald Trump win the Republican nomination in 2016, resigned from Liberty this week after Granda went public, speaking to Reuters. Speaking to ABC, Granda gave a detailed account of the relationship.
Now 29, he said he was working the Fontainebleu hotel when he met Becki Falwell.
“I’m talking to some guests and I notice this woman behind me, staring at me, and she was noticeably drunk. And she was just flirting with me, and then we start flirting back and forth,” he said. “Towards the end of my work shift, she’s like: ‘Hey would you wanna go back to my hotel room?’. And as a single 20-year-old I’m like, ‘Yeah, of course.’
“And then she’s like: ‘But my husband wants to watch.’
Granda said: “Immediately I thought it was a bit strange, and I backed off. [Then] she’s like: ‘Oh no, he’s not going to do anything. He’s just gonna sit in a corner and he wants to watch and it’s his thing.’”
Falwell would later go into business with Granda, buying a Miami hostel. When Reuters published its interview with Granda on Monday, Falwell denied he was part of the trysts, and suggested his wife had an affair.
The news also emerged as Politico published a story alleging Becki Falwell had a sexual encounter with a former Liberty University student, a bandmate of her son. Liberty, founded by Falwell’s televangelist father in 1971, is known for its strict rules over students’ relationships.
“Sexual relations outside of a biblically ordained marriage between a natural-born man and a natural-born woman are not permissible at Liberty University,” the university’s honor code reads.