A New Hulu Documentary Explores the Sex Scandal Between Jerry Falwell Jr. And His Wife. Watch the Trailer
Jerry Falwell Jr. and his wife Becki are referred to as “the southern Gatsbys” in the new trailer for God Forbid: The Sex Scandal That Brought Down a Dynasty, a Hulu documentary on the scandal that resulted in Jerry Falwell Jr. stepping down as president of Virginia’s Liberty University. They had a significant impact on the evangelical community and socialized with Donald Trump, a previous president.
Then came Giancarlo Granda, a former pool boy who now works with the Falwells and claimed to have had a seven-year relationship with Becki, with her husband allegedly occasionally witnessing their encounters.
As a pool attendant, I would get hit on,” Granda claims in the documentary’s new trailer for Hulu, which was just released on Wednesday. But I would have walked away and just enjoyed my private life if I had realized that accepting this woman’s request to return to her hotel room would have resulted in a scandal involving the president of the largest Christian university in the world and the president of the United States.
Falwell, who was already in hot water for other issues, departed his post at Liberty, the for-profit organization that his father co-founded in 1971, when the Granda story broke in August 2020. According to the Washington Post, he was paid $10.5 million and left without admitting any wrongdoing. Falwell denied having an affair with Granda, but both he and his wife said she had one with him.
Off the Deep End: Jerry and Becki Falwell and the Collapse of an Evangelical Dynasty, Granda’s book on the issue, was published on September 27. “They have a public image, but behind the scenes, they’re freaks,” Granda says.
Becki Fallwell told the magazine that the statement in the teaser, which debuted on People, was false. She highlighted a January article from Vanity Fair in which she claimed to have recorded sex with Granda with his permission. Granda has refuted claims made by the Falwells that he tried to blackmail them.
Tom Arnold, a comedian, was also questioned for the documentary due to his improbable connection to the case through former Trump attorney Michael Cohen.