A PICTURE of Jerry Falwell Jr. that’s trending on social media shows him standing next to a pregnant woman with his bare stomach on display and his jeans unzipped.
The photo received a mass of backlash and as a result, Falwell Jr. took a leave of absence from his role as president of Liberty University.
He would later resign.
Who is Jerry Falwell Jr?
Jerry Falwell Jr. is the son of late evangelical pastor Jerry Falwell Sr, who founded Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.
Falwell Jr. is a staunch Republican and open Trump supporter, considered a widely influential figure in the American Christian conservative circle.
Falwell has been described as President Trump’s “principal liaison” to evangelicals.
Falwell Jr. married wife Becki Falwell in 1987.
The Falwells have three children together: Jerry Falwell III, Caroline Grace, and Charles Wesley.
What is the photo of him with pants unzipped that’s trending?
Falwell Jr once posted an inappropriate photo to Instagram posing next to a pregnant woman with his jeans unzipped and bare stomach protruding, from what appeared to be a yacht party with a theme from the television show Trailer Park Boys.
The image contained the caption: “More vacation shots. Lots of good friends visited us on the yacht. I promise that’s just black water in my glass. It was a prop only.”
At the time the photo was uploaded, Falwell Jr. served as president of Liberty, but took a leave of absence after the photo received backlash.
Did he respond to the criticism?
The son of the late evangelical icon Rev Jerry Falwell apologized for the photo that made its rounds on social media.
“I’ve apologized to everybody and I promised my kids, I’m gonna try to be a good boy from here on out,” Falwell said in an interview with W1NI 105.9FM, a radio station in Lynchburg.
Did he resign?
Liberty University disclosed the announcement that Falwell Jr. planned to take a leave of absence from his role in a press release titled, “Important Announcement Regarding LU Leadership.”
“The Executive Committee of Liberty University’s Board of Trustees, acting on behalf of the full Board, met today and requested that Jerry Falwell, Jr. take an indefinite leave of absence from his roles as President and Chancellor of Liberty University, to which he has agreed, effective immediately,” the release states.
He would later step down.
What is the scandal with him and his wife Becki?
Becki Falwell once developed an “inappropriate relationship” with a member of staff that worked at one of their Florida properties.
The man has been identified as 29-year-old Giancarlo Granda, a pool boy that the couple met in at a hotel in Miami in 2012.
The affair, according to Falwell Jr, was said to be short-lived and Falwell and his wife reconciled quickly, although it caused him great emotional distress.
What other questionable things has Falwell Jr done?
According to Granda, Falwell Jr. was allegedly very much involved in his sexual exploits with Becki Falwell.
Granda claims that Falwell Jr. would “watch” the pair have sex from “the corner of the room” and that the affair lasted years.
“Becki and I developed an intimate relationship and Jerry enjoyed watching,” Granda said in an interview with the Reuters.
Granda said the sexual encounters occurred “multiple times per year” in hotels in Florida and New York as well as in Falwell’s home in Virginia.
Falwell Jr’s lawyer categorically denies all of Granda’s claims on behalf of his client.
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