Another Miami “pool boy” who claims to have had a “personal relationship” with Becki Falwell and sued the family last year over his stake in their LGBTQ-friendly hostel has urged Giancarlo Granda, the pool boy now speaking out against the Falwells, to “tell the full truth.”
Gordon Bello sued Jerry Falwell Jr., who stepped down as president of Liberty University on Tuesday as a result of the scandal, in 2019 over his stake in the South Beach hostel that the Falwell family invested in and which Granda runs.
Since Monday, Granda and the Falwells have been trading insults and conflicting statements about a six-year affair he had with Becki.
In a statement on Sunday, Falwell said that his wife “Becki had an inappropriate personal relationship with this person, something in which I was not involved — it was nonetheless very upsetting to learn about.”
The statement was quickly followed by a Reuters report on Monday, which claimed that “Granda showed Reuters emails, text messages and other evidence that he says demonstrate the sexual nature of his relationship with the couple, who have been married since 1987. ‘Becki and I developed an intimate relationship and Jerry enjoyed watching from the corner of the room,’ Granda said in an interview. Now 29, 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.”
Granda told Politico about the time he first met the couple while working at a Miami Beach hotel: “During my work shift at the Fontainebleau Hotel in March 2012, I was chatting with some girls my age (20 at the time). Becki said, ‘Those girls don’t know what they’re doing, you need someone with more experience.’ And then she goes, ‘But one thing.’ And I’m like, ‘Okay.’ And she’s like, ‘My husband likes to watch.’ And just then he comes out and he’s wearing a Speedo.”
“He enjoyed watching us in person and also remotely through video cameras. He also listened to our phone calls,” Granda added.
Granda also told the news outlet that he felt “hopeless” and felt he had two choices, “lashing out at them or ending my life.”
On Wednesday, Bello told DailyMail that he felt Granda had more to share.
“Giancarlo is not telling the full truth of what happened, I hope he finds the courage to do so,” he said. He did not go into any more detail.
Granda and Bello are high school friends, according to the DailyMail.
In an interview with The Washington Post on Tuesday, Becki denied that her husband watched her having sex with another man.
“I wish Christians and people would be as forgiving as Christ was,” she told the newspaper.