The drama involving Jerry Falwell Jr. and those alleged x-rated photos continues…
Giancarlo Granda, Jerry Falwell Jr.’s former Miami pool boy, says he doesn’t know anything about the “racy” pics everyone’s been talking about.
Oh, also, he wants people stop calling him a “pool boy.” He finds the term disparaging. He’s a “pool attendant,” thank you very much!
Quick backstory: On Tuesday, news broke that Michael Cohen, Donald Trump’s longtime personal attorney, allegedly helped prevent the release of x-rated photos of Jerry Falwell Jr. shortly before the antigay activist endorsed Trump for president in 2016.
According to Reuters, the evangelical leader contacted Cohen seeking help regarding an “embarrassing personal matter” involving him, his wife, and their 20-something pool boy, er, pool attendant.
Falwell, president of Liberty University, one of the world’s largest Christian universities, said someone had come into possession of what Cohen described as racy “personal” photographs — the sort that would typically be kept “between husband and wife.”
Cohen later told actor Tom Arnold about the photographs, who shared a recording of their conversation with The Washington Post.
In the recording, Cohen is heard saying, “There’s a bunch of photographs–you know, personal photographs–that somehow, the guy ended up getting.”
Cohen goes on to say that the man was demanding cash from the Falwells in exchange for the photos being destroyed.
“I actually have one of the photos,” Cohen said. “It’s terrible.”
Reuters also reported that Falwell Jr. “loaned” a ton of money to Granda’s business. And we do mean a ton of money. $1.8 million to be exact. The reason for the “loan” is not known.
Many quickly speculated that Granda was the one blackmailing Falwell Jr. and that the $1.8 million was in exchange for having the photos destroyed.
But Granda’s lawyers now say that ain’t the case.
In a statement issued to the Miami New Times, attorney Aaron Resnick says, “Giancarlo Granda has never had any communications with Michael Cohen. He does not know Mr. Cohen. He has never met Mr. Cohen. Mr. Cohen is a convicted felon and admitted liar.”
Resnick goes on to say that Granda has “no idea about the alleged ‘personal photographs'” of Falwell Jr. and that he definitely isn’t the person who tried blackmailing him. He adds that any reports suggesting otherwise are “absolutely false.”
Meanwhile, an attorney for the Falwells rushed out a statement calling the whole thing x-rated photos story “not accurate” and insisting “there are no compromising or embarrassing photos of Falwell, period!”