Reports: Jerry Falwell Jr. resigns from Liberty University after allegations of years-long sexual relationship

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Falwell apologized for a photograph he posted on social media that confirmed him together with his pants unzipped and abdomen uncovered with one other lady. Wochit

WASHINGTON — Jerry Falwell Jr., the embattled president of Liberty College, resigned from the varsity Monday amid stories of an alleged years-long sexual relationship that he and his spouse had with a enterprise companion, based on a number of media stories.

Falwell’s reported resignation got here simply hours after Reuters published an interview with a person who mentioned he was concerned in a years-long relationship with the evangelical chief’s spouse, Becki Falwell.

Giancarlo Granda instructed Reuters that he met Jerry and Becki Falwell whereas working as a pool attendant on the Fontainebleau Miami Seaside resort in March 2012. Beginning that month and persevering with into 2018, Granda instructed Reuters that the connection concerned him having intercourse with Becki Falwell whereas Jerry Falwell appeared on.

“Becki and I developed an intimate relationship and Jerry loved watching from the nook of the room,” Granda instructed Reuters. He mentioned his relationship with the Falwells started when he was 20 and their sexual encounters occurred “a number of occasions per 12 months” at lodges and on the Falwells’ dwelling in Virginia.

Liberty College didn’t instantly return a request for remark.

A lawyer for Jerry Falwell, Michael Bowe, instructed Reuters that the evangelical chief “categorically denies” Granda’s account. Bowe instructed USA TODAY he couldn’t affirm Falwell’s resignation, including: “I’d not report that.” 

The Religion News Service and Washington Publish, which cited an unnamed faculty official, first reported Falwell’s departure, ending a run as president of the evangelical college that started in 2007 when his father, Jerry Falwell Sr., died.

Falwell, an ardent early assist of President Donald Trump, had been on a go away of absence after posting a controversial picture of himself together with his arm round a pregnant lady, each of their stomachs uncovered, with their pants unzipped. 

Falwell was among the many earliest Christian conservatives to endorse Trump’s first presidential marketing campaign and has routinely been within the highlight since then for a collection of controversies in each his position at Liberty and his private life.

Extra: Liberty University’s Jerry Falwell Jr. taking leave of absence after photo with pants unzipped

Prior to the Reuters report, the Falwell issued a prolonged assertion to The Washington Examiner on Sunday, publicly disclosing the affair and saying the person concerned had been threatening to disclose the connection “to intentionally embarrass my spouse, household, and Liberty College until we agreed to pay him substantial monies.”

“Over the course of the previous few months this individual’s habits has reached a stage that we’ve determined the one method to cease this predatory habits is to go public,” mentioned the assertion.

Contributing: Related Press 

Attain Joey Garrison on Twitter @joeygarrison.

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