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Business partner of evangelical power couple, the Falwells, says he had sex with Becki Falwell while Jerry Falwell Jr looked on and the affair spanned 7 years

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Business partner of evangelical power couple, the Falwells, says he had sex with Becki Falwell while Jerry Falwell Jr looked on and the affair spanned 7 years

A series of controversies surrounding one of the most influential figures in the American Christian conservative movement has intensified as a business partner of Jerry Falwell Jr has come forward to say he had a 7 years-long sexual relationship involving Falwell’s wife and the evangelical leader.

Jerry Falwell Jr is the head of Liberty University, the largest evangelical college in America. He is also a staunch supporter of President Trump. He’s been married to Becki Falwell since 1987.

Business partner of evangelical power couple, the Falwells, says he had sex with Becki Falwell while Jerry Falwell Jr looked on and the affair spanned 7 years

The Falwells with Trump

Becki Falwell, 53, is a political figure in her own right. She served on the advisory board of the group Women for Trump, which advocates for the president’s reelection campaign. She alsospoke as part of a panel with her husband and Donald Trump Jr at last year’s Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC, the signature annual gathering of conservatives. Jerry Falwell and others refer to her as “the first lady of Liberty University.”

Business partner of evangelical power couple, the Falwells, says he had sex with Becki Falwell while Jerry Falwell Jr looked on and the affair spanned 7 years

Jerry Falwell Jr and Donald Trump in 2016 after he endorsed and helped swing evangelical Christians toward Trump

Giancarlo Granda, Falwell Jr.’s business partner, 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.

Business partner of evangelical power couple, the Falwells, says he had sex with Becki Falwell while Jerry Falwell Jr looked on and the affair spanned 7 years

Granda (2nd left) and the Falwells (R)

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.

Granda also shared an audio recording that he says captures a conversation he had with the Falwells in 2018. Granda said he and the Falwells discussed Becki Falwell’s jealousy about Granda dating other women.

Business partner of evangelical power couple, the Falwells, says he had sex with Becki Falwell while Jerry Falwell Jr looked on and the affair spanned 7 years

Granda and the Falwells (circled)

In the audio recording, Becki complained about Granda describing his relationships with other people:

Becki said in the audio, “He’s like telling me every time he hooks up with people. Like I don’t have feelings or something.”

Jerry then chimed in: “You’re going to make her jealous.”

“I’m not trying to do that,” Granda replied.

Business partner of evangelical power couple, the Falwells, says he had sex with Becki Falwell while Jerry Falwell Jr looked on and the affair spanned 7 years

Granda, Now 29, said in a recent interview: “Becki and I developed an intimate relationship and Jerry enjoyed watching from the corner of the room.”

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.

His friendship with the Falwells eventually soured, Granda told Reuters, in part because he wanted to dissolve his ties with the couple and fell into a business dispute with them.

Business partner of evangelical power couple, the Falwells, says he had sex with Becki Falwell while Jerry Falwell Jr looked on and the affair spanned 7 years

Granda and Jerry Falwell

Granda first emerged as a figure in the Falwells’ circle two years ago, when BuzzFeed News reported that the couple had befriended Granda and gone into business with him, buying a Miami Beach youth hostel in 2013.

At the time of the BuzzFeed article, a representative of the Falwell family said Granda was “offered a share” in Alton Hostel LLC because Granda lived in Miami and would act as a manager of the youth hostel. Corporate records show that Granda currently has a stake in that venture.

After Reuters presented its initial reporting early last week to the Falwells, a lawyer for Jerry Falwell, Michael Bowe, said the evangelical leader “categorically denies everything you indicated you intend to publish about him.”

On Sunday night, however, Jerry Falwell issued a statement to the Washington Examiner in which he said that his wife had had an affair with Granda and that Granda had been trying to extort money from the couple over the matter. Granda denies any such intent, saying he was seeking to negotiate a buyout from a business arrangement he says he had with the couple.

Falwell’s statement Sunday to the Examiner said nothing about Granda’s account alleging that the evangelical leader had his own role in the affair, and Falwell didn’t address questions from Reuters about it. In the statement quoted by the Examiner, Falwell said that “Becki had an inappropriate personal relationship with this person, something in which I was not involved.”

Business partner of evangelical power couple, the Falwells, says he had sex with Becki Falwell while Jerry Falwell Jr looked on and the affair spanned 7 years

Power couple, Jerry Falwell Jr and his wife Becki Falwell with US Vice President Mike Pence and his wife

Several hours after the Reuters article appeared, the Washington Post and other U.S. media reported that Falwell had stepped down as head of Liberty University, the Christian school he has run since 2007. But later Monday, Falwell disputed those accounts. “I have not resigned,” he told Politico. “I will be on indefinite leave.”

Falwell, 58, had taken an indefinite leave of absence earlier this month from Liberty University. That step, announced in a terse statement from the school’s board of trustees, came days after Falwell posted, then deleted, an Instagram photo of himself with his pants unzipped, standing with his arm around a young woman whose pants were also partly undone. Falwell later told a local radio station that the picture was meant as a good-natured joke, Reuters reports.

Business partner of evangelical power couple, the Falwells, says he had sex with Becki Falwell while Jerry Falwell Jr looked on and the affair spanned 7 years

Liberty University, based in Lynchburg, Virginia, was founded in 1971 by Falwell’s televangelist father, the Rev. Jerry Falwell. The younger Falwell took over in 2007.

The university holds students to an exacting honour code that reads: “Sexual relations outside of a biblically ordained marriage between a natural-born man and a natural-born woman are not permissible at Liberty University.”

News that the head of Liberty University and his wife have been living a double life that is opposed to the values they teach has been greeted with shock and people took to Twitter to comment.

Business partner of evangelical power couple, the Falwells, says he had sex with Becki Falwell while Jerry Falwell Jr looked on and the affair spanned 7 years

The material Granda showed Reuters includes screenshots from what Granda said was a FaceTime conversation he had with the Falwells in 2019. During that call, Granda said, Becki was naked as the two discussed their relationship while Jerry peeked from behind a door. Reuters was able to verify Granda’s description of the screenshots. 

There was also the audio recording from 2018 that Granda shared where he and the Falwells discussed how his affair with other women was making Becki Falwell jealous. 

Earlier texts show a friendly and romantic dynamic between Granda and Becki Falwell. One 2012 text message, which Granda said came from Becki, read in part: “Right now I am just missing you like crazy …. Have you had this effect on all of your lady friends?”

Other more recent text messages, such as an exchange from this June that Granda provided to Reuters, show Granda growing angry and frustrated as his relationship with the Falwells frayed.

“Since you’re okay with ruining my life, I am going to take the kamikaze route,” Granda wrote to Jerry Falwell. “It really is a shame because I wanted to reach a peaceful resolution and just move on with our lives but if conflict is what you want, then so be it.”

In the same message string, Falwell replied: “You should by now understand that I will not be extorted. I have always treated you fairly and been restrained in response to your threats because I did not wish to ruin your life. Going forward, stop contacting me and my family.”

Business partner of evangelical power couple, the Falwells, says he had sex with Becki Falwell while Jerry Falwell Jr looked on and the affair spanned 7 years

Jerry Falwell Jr and Becki Falwell

Granda said that while he entered into the sexual relationship with the Falwells willingly, today he feels the couple preyed upon him.

“Whether it was immaturity, naïveté, instability, or a combination thereof, it was this ‘mindset’ that the Falwells likely detected in deciding that I was the ideal target for their sexual escapades,” Granda said.

In a statement released Friday, before news of the relationship with Granda became public, Liberty University said its “decision whether or not to retain Falwell as president has not yet been made.” Its board of trustees, the statement read, “requested prayer and patience as they seek the Lord’s will and also seek additional information for assessment.”

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President Buhari speaks on building friendships with other african nations

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President Buhari expressed this while playing host to President Patrice Talon of Republic of Benin, who was on an authority visit at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The President in an assertion gave by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Chief Femi Adesina, stated, “good neighbourliness is very important in our lives.

The survival of your neighbour is also your own, and we will continue to work with our neighbours in the light of this understanding.”

He reviewed that on suspicion of office for initial term in 2015, one of the absolute initial steps he took was to visit adjoining nations of Chad, Niger, Cameroon and Benin – all towards manufacturing a typical comprehension on pivotal issues, including security, exchange and advancement.

According to him, “And those are issues we must continue to engage on, for the good of our countries and the people. Whatever irritations that come up must be removed.”

Talking prior, President Talon stated, he was in Nigeria to show appreciation to President Buhari for the vigorous authority he shows in Nigeria and Africa. Taking note of that the difficulties of 2020 were gigantic, he focused on that similar difficulties may stay in 2021, “and our relationship as neighbours must, therefore, remain cordial.”

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Kaduna State government postpones resumption date of schools

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State government makes U-Turn, orders conclusion of schools until further notice.

The spread of the COVID-19 pandemic has influenced the resumption date for schools in Kaduna state.

The Kaduna state government has declared that all schools inside the state should stay shut until additional notification.

The state’s permanent secretary, ministry of education, Phoebe Sukai Yayi, uncovered that schools in the state won’t continue on Monday, January 18, as affirmed by the national government.

As per Daily Trust, Yayi in an assertion on Sunday, January 17, expressed that the request commanding the conclusion of schools in the state additionally stretches out to government organizations.

She said a date for the resumption of schools will be declared after the public authority’s appraisal of the COVID-19 circumstance in the state.

The worker said:

“We want to make it categorically clear that Kaduna State is yet to fix a date for resumption to schools.

“In as much as the federal government has declared 18th January 2021 as the date for resumption Kaduna state is yet to declare a date for resumption.

“According to Vanguard, Yayi also noted that approvals were given to the National Open University and Kaduna Polytechnic to conduct exams for their students following a written request by both institutions.

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Parler sues Amazon for taking down its site

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Parler, a fair-minded free discourse network zeroed in on genuine client encounters and commitment was as of late suspended by Amazon web administrations (AWS), Google and Apple, sending the online media application disconnected.

This move came because of the lethal mob on US Capitol building, to a great extent on the grounds that the stage didn’t take measures to check vicious substance on its site from favorable to best allies which empowered and affected savagery.

The company  feels like it is being singled out since a ton of clients that were suspended from Twitter and different stages have moved to Parler, where their substance won’t be observed or surveilled – along these lines, it seems like the top organizations are attempting to take out the opposition, as per their Chief Policy Officer – Amy Peikoff.

Forbes announced that Parler has sued Amazon Web administrations after Amazon restricted the site from being facilitated on its workers. Parler asked the U.S. Region Court of the Western District of Washington to give a brief limiting request to prevent the webpage from going  disconnected, saying in their claim that Amazon’s choice will compel the site disconnected for “a monetarily crushing period” of time.

Parler asserted that Amazon abused antitrust laws and was “persuaded by political enmity” in its choice to suspend the organization over the activities of its clients.

The organization said in its claim that “without AWS, Parler is done as it has no real way to get web based,” asserting that deferring a controlling request “by even one day could likewise stable Parler’s passing ring as President Trump and others proceed onward to different stages.”

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