What was your August like? Jerry Falwell Jr.’s was busy, busy, busy. The 58-year-old evangelical-first-family scion, real-estate lawyer, and, until the other day, president of Liberty University, the Christian school in Lynchburg, Virginia, had by the seventh of the month posted and deleted an Instagram photo of himself (jeans unzipped, underwear showing) with his arm around a woman (pants unbuttoned, not Mrs. Falwell) with the caption “More vacation shots. Lots of good friends visited us on the yacht. I promise that’s just black water in my glass.” His indefinite leave of absence from Liberty was duly announced—the university says it will be investigating his tenure—and Falwell dropped out of the news cycle. But not for long.
On August 23, Giancarlo Granda entered the picture. Or, rather, re-entered. Granda had first met the Falwells, Jerry and Becki, in 2012, when he was 20 and a pool boy at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach. He and the couple, who married in 1987, had been trading lawsuits in recent years over a South Beach business deal involving the Falwells’ son Jerry Falwell III. (Yes, there’s another one.) Now Granda was on TV describing having sex with Becki while Falwell, “drunk” and “giggling,” urged him on from the bed. (“Go for it.”) Falwell denied it, saying he was the victim of blackmail.