Who is Giancarlo Granda? (Jerry Falwell Says Ex-Friend Blackmailed Him) Biography, Wiki
Giancarlo Granda is the Miami man accused of blackmailing Virginia Liberty University, President Jerry Falwell Jr.
Falwell was suspended from the private evangelical Christian school in early August following “a string of embarrassing acts,” including a provocative Instagram post, according to the Washington Examiner.
He was suffering from depression at the time, on August 23, 2012, when he made a debut caused by an old friend who had an affair with his wife.
Falwell stated that his old friend asked for money in exchange for silence and threatened to make a public statement about this incident for years.
Although the President did not leave a name, the Inspector identified the accused as Granda, citing a series of previous reports.
Exclusive: @JerryFalwellJr says ‘Fatal Attraction’ threat led to depression.
In statement, he discloses wife’s affair and anxiety to protect her/@LibertyU. “I’m just tired of it,” Falwell told us. “It’s just got to end.”https://t.co/FisiUcoz6D
— Paul Bedard (@SecretsBedard) August 24, 2020
“I’m just sick of it,” Falwell said to the exit. “It just has to end.”
Falwell explained to Examiner that his wife Becki’s relationship with a Miami native was short-lived. He added that the couple was quick to compromise.
Falwell described the situation with the Blackmailer as a “deadly shot” type scenario, according to the Auditor.
“While we were fully committed to Freedom, we were also suffering in silence in our personal time together, while at the same time trying to manage this increasingly threatening behavior and deal with this behavior that only worsened over time,” he said.
“We were doing our best to respectfully resolve this ‘deadly attraction’ type of situation to protect our family and the university,” Falwell continued.
The Examiner reported that Granda has since criticized Falwell’s accusations, hinting that there is more in the story.
In an email to the Examiner, Granda wrote:
Any allegation of extortion is falsely, defamatory and belied by clear documentary evidence. The Falwell’s attempt to sandbag me, and the Examiner, with a last minute story without providing the Examiner clear evidence that this was not simply an ‘affair’ with concocted allegations of extortion reeks desperation. The WHOLE truth will come out.
Granda hails from Miami, Florida and currently lives in Washington, D.C., according to her Facebook page.
LinkedIn stated that he received a master’s degree in real estate finance and development from Georgetown University and a bachelor’s degree in finance from Florida International University.
Granda, son of Cuban and Mexican immigrants, describes himself as a bilingual property operations expert on LinkedIn:
“Bilingual real estate operations specialist with seven years of experience managing a commercial real estate property with a youth hostel business.”
Granda is the founder of Gaming Detox, an organization that aims to “connect the video game community with the fitness, health and wellness, sports and martial arts community to raise awareness of the importance of living a healthy and balanced lifestyle”. based on a Facebook post.
In A Scoop of Balance Podcast, hosted by Granda and Katya Salas, the real estate pro describes “her past struggle with video game addiction and how she overcame it.”
The podcast episode shows that the Miami native is now trying to help others living in similar circumstances by connecting them to their motivation coach.
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According to the New York Times, Granda met and became friends with Falwells while working as a pool attendant at Fontainebleau Miami Beach in 2012. At that time, the 21-year-old was studying finance at FIU.
NYT said the Falwells staying at the hotel were “impressed” by Granda. They then offered to help the university student start a business.
Jerry Falwell told the Inspector that Becki Falwell had an affair with Granda while he was working long hours at the university, and that he took the reign after his father’s death in 2007.
According to Examiner, Becki Falwell made a deal in which the Falwans would buy a hostel in Miami and hold Granda responsible – a move that would later grapple with the legal battles surrounding the property.
The New York Times added that The Falwells concluded their deal for Miami Hostel in 2013.
The hostel, which rented a bed for as little as $ 15 a night, continued, “It has been recognized as one of South Beach’s most affordable party hostels and is sometimes listed as gay-friendly.”