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Jerry Falwell Jr ‘enjoyed watching’ his wife have sex, alleged lover says – The Guardian

Giancarlo Granda, the man at the center of a sex scandal involving Jerry Falwell Jr, detailed on Friday how the evangelical leader and outspoken ally of Donald Trump enjoyed watching his wife and Gra…
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Jerry Falwell Jr quits Liberty University role amid sex scandal – BBC News

Jerry Falwell Jr in May 2src19

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Jerry Falwell Jr took a leave of absence from Liberty University after posting a photo of himself on Instagram with his trousers unzipped

The head of a major US evangelical college has quit his job after being accused of hypocrisy.

Mr Falwell Jr came in for criticism after posting a photo of himself with his trousers unzipped on Instagram.

A business partner has also claimed to have been involved in a sexual relationship with Mr Falwell Jr, who heads Liberty University, and his wife.

The college has a strict honour code which bans sexual relations “outside of a biblically ordained marriage”.

A vocal supporter of US President Donald Trump, Mr Falwell Jr took over at the college in 2007 after the death of his father, Jerry Falwell.

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Donald Trump attended the Liberty University commencement in 2017

Mr Falwell Sr founded the university in the 1970s as well as the conservative Moral Majority movement.

Back and forth

Jerry Falwell Jr first took an indefinite leave of absence from Liberty University earlier this month after posting a photo of himself with his trousers unzipped on Instagram.

On Monday, US media reported he had resigned, citing officials from the institution. Mr Falwell Jr denied the reports, telling Politico news site they were untrue.

The university issued a statement saying Mr Falwell Jr had changed his mind: “On the first day of classes of Liberty University’s fall term, Jerry Falwell Jr, agreed to resign as its President and from its Board of Directors, but following media reports about the resignation, withdrew it.”

In a further U-turn, Mr Falwell Jr eventually confirmed to ABC News and the Wall Street Journal that he had resigned.

The executive committee and board of the evangelical college said it would meet on Tuesday to discuss the matter.

What are the allegations?

Mr Falwell Jr was already under scrutiny for a photograph he posted online earlier this month. He appeared in the image with his trousers unzipped and his arm around a woman.

The image provoked outrage and charges of hypocrisy from the political right and left and Liberty University asked Mr Falwell to take an “indefinite leave of absence” soon after.

Further allegations emerged. Giancarlo Granda, a business partner of Falwell Jr’s, told Reuters news agency on Monday that he had a six-year sexual relationship with the evangelical leader and his wife, Becki Falwell.

“Becki and I developed an intimate relationship and Jerry enjoyed watching from the corner of the room,” Mr Granda reportedly said in an interview.

The college’s honour code states that “sexual relations outside of a biblically ordained marriage between a natural-born man and a natural-born woman are not permissible at Liberty University”.

A lawyer for Mr Falwell Jr told Reuters before their article came out that his client “categorically denies everything you indicated you intend to publish about him”.

On Sunday, Mr Falwell Jr released a statement to the Washington Examiner saying his wife had had an affair and that the man involved had threatened to “deliberately embarrass my wife, family, and Liberty University”.

He also spoke of the “emotional toll” the affair had had on him.

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Jerry Falwell Jr. will take a leave of absence from Liberty University – CNN

(CNN)Jerry Falwell Jr., the president and chancellor of Liberty University, has agreed to take an “indefinite leave of absence,” according to a statement Friday from the evangelical Christian university.

The leave of absence is effective immediately, the statement said. The executive committee of the university’s board of trustees made the request of Falwell. The board did not provide a reason for Falwell’s leave in its statement.
CNN has reached out to Falwell for comment. In a separate statement, Jerry Prevo, chairman of the university’s board of trustees, said the Lynchburg, Virginia-based university has “experienced unprecedented success” during Falwell’s 13 years as president.
“Unfortunately, with this success and the burdens of leading a large and growing organization comes substantial pressure,” Prevo said in the statement. “Today, my colleagues and I on the Liberty University Board of Trustees and Jerry mutually agreed that it would be good for him to take an indefinite leave of absence.”
Falwell — no stranger to controversy — has come under fire in recent days after posting a picture on Instagram that depicted him with his pants unzipped and his midsection visible to the camera. In the photo, Falwell is seen holding a cup of dark liquid with one arm around a woman whose shorts are also unzipped.
In a radio interview with WLNI, Falwell explained that the woman was his wife’s assistant. They were at a costume party and “it was just in good fun,” he added.
“You know, it was weird because she’s pregnant so she couldn’t get her (shorts) up and I was like, trying to like — I have a pair of jeans I haven’t worn in a long time so I couldn’t get mine zipped either,” Falwell said. “So I just put my belly out like hers.”
Falwell said he “should never have put it up and embarrassed her.”
He added, “I’ve apologized to everybody and I promised my kids I’m going to try to be a good boy from here on out.”
Prevo said the leave of absence decision “was not made lightly” and took into account “the interests everyone in the LU community, including students, parents, alumni, faculty, staff, leaders of the Church, as well as the Falwell family.”
Rep. Mark Walker, a Republican from North Carolina and a member of a Liberty University advisory board, called Thursday on Falwell to resign, calling his ongoing behavior “appalling.”
“I just think there’s a code that leaders have to live by, especially when you’re leading the largest Christian evangelical university in the country,” Walker told CNN’s Brianna Keilar on Friday.

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