In leaving Liberty University there have been several news items about Jerry Falwell Jr that have been troubling. Giancarlo Granda is reporting that he is allegedly being harassed by Jerry Falwell Jr since he came forward about the sex scandal. Meanwhile Falwell allegedly warned Reuters not to interview his children who are still employed at Liberty. The university itself issued guidance that people are not to engage with the Falwells.
“What is clear is that stalking can happen to anyone. Doctors are targeted by patients, people in the public eye are watched by obsessed fans, and ex-wives are followed by former husbands.”
Teach the older men to be temperate, worthy of respect, self-controlled, and sound in faith, in love and in endurance.
Titus 2:2 NIV
There has been a lot that has happened since Jerry Falwell Jr left Liberty University. There is also the $10.5 million pay off and the investigation of the finances and Jerry Falwell Jr’s behavior. There are going to be other posts researched and written about those topics at this blog. But there have been several articles I have seen in a wide array of sources that raised some eyebrows for me. So let’s look at Jerry Falwell Jr after leaving Liberty.
Giancarlo Granda Tells Fox News that Jerry Fallwell Jr is Harassing Him
In late August of 2020 Reuters broke the story of how Jerry Falwell Jr liked to watch a Miami pool boy have sex with his wife. Jerry Falwell Jr would sit in the corner of the room and watch due to a sexual fascination. You can read more in, “Is This The Liberty Way? How a Pool Boy Had a Sexual Relationship With Becki Falwell While Jerry Falwell Jr Watched.” Since the scandal broke Giancarlo Granda has been receiving harassing messages from Jerry Falwell Jr. In an exclusive interview with Fox Granda has shared that he is receiving harassing messages by Jerry Falwell Jr trying to intimidate him from sharing more of the sexual scandal. In addition to allegedly threatening Granda Jerry Falwell Jr is also threatening other people close to Giancarlo. Here is how Fox described the situation.
Since the scandal broke last month, Granda claims the Falwells “have been relentlessly harassing me and people close to me,” and said Falwell will do whatever it takes to make sure he doesn’t spill any more secrets. While the alleged threats and intimidation tactics might have worked in the past, Granda said he’s had enough and wants to come clean.
He has shared text messages, emails and photos with Fox News that appear to back up his allegations and, at the very least, show the Falwells breaking Liberty’s code of conduct on multiple occasions.
To read more about this you can find this Fox News article in, “EXCLUSIVE: Giancarlo Granda claims Falwell Jr. has been ‘relentlessly harassing’ him since sex scandal broke.”
Liberty University Tells Staff to Avoid the Falwells
This was reported by The Hill on September 5, 2020. For those who do not know The Hill is a publication that is right of center that covers Congress and political news in Washington, D.C. The Hill reported that on Thursday September 3 David Corry, the school’s general counsel advised staff to avoid the Falwells. By engaging in Falwells that could give the impression that they are still managing the school and making decisions. This is how it was described in Corry’s email. “This impression is not well received by our supporters who do not want Mr. Falwell to be running Liberty University behind the scenes.” You can read about this in, “Liberty University tells staff members to distance themselves from Falwell.”
Jerry Falwell Jr Warns Reuters Not to Question His Sons Who are Employed at Liberty
Reuters has been investigating the finances of Liberty University and has been publishing it in solid journalistic reporting. In another post this blog is going to look at some of the financial dealings of Liberty. However in this post I want to zero in on Jerry Falwell Jr’s behavior. Jerry’s two sons remain employed at Liberty and are on the university’s payroll. Jerry Falwell Jr appears to be threatening Reuters in telling them not to question his two sons about the school’s finances. Here is how Reuters reported the engagement in a phonecall.
After initially referring questions to his legal and public relations representatives, Falwell called Reuters late Wednesday afternoon and said he looked forward to the Liberty investigation. “I welcome it because it will prove that all you guys are liars,” he said, referring to members of the media. “You got nothing.”
He also warned Reuters not to question his two adult sons, both of whom still have jobs at Liberty. “Trust me,” Falwell said during the call, “you do not want to mess with me, OK?”
You can read the story in, “INSIGHT-How Jerry Falwell Jr mixed his personal finances with his university’s.”
While I am Not a Psychologist I Believe Jerry Falwell Jr Needs Mental Health Counseling
I want to be clear that I am not a mental health professional. This is just an opinion coming from my belief as an outsider to Liberty watching this behavior unfold. I remain puzzled how someone who left a school so high visibly can come back and bully people, harass them and warn people. The “or else….” is quite threatening. Who behaves this way? Most people if they exit a place due to something very embarrassing would be very nervous and unsettled. Not Jerry Falwell Jr, it appears that he has more of a score to settle. This blog believes that Jerry Falwell Jr needs to seek mental health treatment. Some of this behavior from my perspective is just not normal. As this scandal grows it will be interesting to see how Falwell Jr reacts. Where he should have shame he instead reacts with veiled threats. That is not normal. Again this is the viewpoint of an individual who is not a medically trained professional and just an observer.