Late last month, Becki Falwell called 911 to report that her husband, disgraced Evangelical leader Jerry Falwell Jr., had fallen down the stairs at their home in Bedford County, Virginia, and was bleeding all over the house.
According to records and 911 audio obtained by HuffPost, on the night of Aug. 30, Becki described “a lot of blood right now” and reported that her husband was intoxicated.
The call came one week after Reuters published an explosive report on an alleged sexual and financial relationship between Falwell Jr., his wife and a Miami man named Giancarlo Granda.
A growing list of scandals ultimately led Jerry Falwell Jr. to resign as president of Liberty University on Aug. 25. He had initially announced a leave of absence from Liberty, a private evangelical university founded by his father, Jerry Falwell Sr., on Aug. 7 after he posted a photo on Instagram with his pants unzipped, and his arm around a woman with her midriff exposed.
Granda claimed that the Falwells’ “lavish lifestyle consisted of heavy drinking and going to nightclubs, which is strictly prohibited by the honor code that they expect everyone else to follow.” He also claimed that Falwell Jr. would watch from the corner of the room as he would have sex with his wife, Becki.
“On Aug. 31, Liberty’s board of trustees announced a full investigation by an outside firm of Jerry Falwell Jr.’s tenure as president. Earlier that morning, around 2:30 a.m., Bedford County dispatchers received a 911 call from Becki Falwell,” reports HuffPost. “She described being at church around 11 p.m. and receiving a call from her husband, who said he was bleeding after a fall down the stairs. Finding the doors locked when she got home, she used a chair to break through the back door.”
Becki confirmed to the dispatcher that her husband had been drinking alcohol. When asked if he had been drinking “heavily,” she said, “I’m not going to answer that question.”
The dispatcher explained that alcohol thins the blood and could account for the excessive bleeding, and restated the question.
“The more I tell you the name, the more you’re going to understand why we’re not talking to you right now,” Becki Falwell said.
“He won’t let her take him to the hospital as he is stubborn,” she added. “Caller was not forthcoming.”
“But medics and emergency responders arrived at the residence later that night. A responder observed lacerations on Jerry Falwell Jr.’s face, including under his left eye, across the bridge of his nose, and above both his right and left eyes. The responder also recorded in a report that Jerry Falwell Jr. said he hit his head on a trash can, and that there was “blood in the area he indicated” as well as ‘mpty alcohol containers.’ The officer also noted ‘Jerry had slurred and slowed speach (sic) and would repeat things already asked,’” according to HuffPost.
The Wall Street Journal reported last week that “Former school administrators said staff and donors complained that he showed up to campus appearing drunk or smelling of alcohol.”
Jerry Falwell Jr. denied the accusation but did note that alcohol was not banned for faculty.