Jerry Falwell Jr’s son Trey has left the Christian conservative college Liberty University eight months after he was ousted in a sex scandal.
Politico revealed that Trey Falwell is out of his job as a vice president at the college, which has been rocked by a string of salacious scandals involving the Falwell family.
The controversies reached a stunning crescendo when Jerry Falwell Jr last August confirmed his wife Becki had an affair with pool boy and former friend of the family Giancarlo Granda.
Trey Falwell has left Liberty University, the Christian conservative college founded by his grandfather, 8 months after his parents Jerry and Becki were caught up in a series of scandals
Granda had gone public with the affair, and said that Falwell, one of the most influential right-wing Christian leaders in the United States, used to watch them have sex.
Falwell stepped down as president of Liberty soon, one of the nation’s largest evangelical Christian colleges founded by his father.
Shortly after Falwell’s departure, Liberty announced it was opening an independent investigation into his tenure as president, a wide-ranging inquiry that would look into financial, real estate and legal matters.
In December, it emerged Jerry Falwell Jr spent millions in Liberty University money to promote Donald Trump, hiring his allies and paying for political adverts.
Politico say Trey Falwell’s departure is a ‘strong signal that the powerhouse evangelical university is seeking aggressively to distance itself from its former president’.
Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr posted this photo to his Instagram page in August last year – before quickly deleting it – with his pants unbuttoned and his arm around a woman. His caption read: ‘More vacation shots. Lots of good friends visited us on the yacht. I promise that’s just black water in my glass. It was a prop only.’
Jerry Jr, right, was president of Liberty University until stepping down last year after admitting his wife Becki, left, had an affair with their former pool boy Giancarlo Granda
Giancarlo Granda, circled left, with Becki and Jerry Falwell Jr, circled right, and family on trip to Washington DC in 2018
Jerry Falwell Jr had been attempting to work his way back into favor at the university, according to the Politico article.
He had been advertising his visits to the campus on social media celebrating at a LaCrosse game, and claimed in an interview earlier this month that the Liberty community ‘still embraced him’.
After he made those comments to Politico, the university’s acting president Jerry Prevo told employees not to communicate with him or his wife Becki.
In a statement emailed to staff, and obtained by Politico, Prevo said the university was engaged in a ‘forensic investigation’ of university operations during Falwell Jr’s time in charge.
‘This notice is sent to preserve the integrity of the investigation and ensure that Jerry Falwell Jr. is not having any influence on the investigation or the university’s operations, directly or indirectly,’ Prevo told staff at the university.
Giancarlo Granda befriended the Falwells in 2012 and then began a years-long affair with Becki. He claimed Jerry Jr would watch as they had sex in hotel rooms
Jerry Falwell Jr was an early supporter of Donald Trump, and spent millions on causes to support the former President
Students at Liberty University in Virginia are not allowed to drink alcohol and are banned from engaging with media that contains lewd lyrics, sexual content and nudity
Jerry Falwell had already been on an indefinite leave of absence after an uproar over a photo he posted on social media of him and his wife’s pregnant assistant, both with their pants unzipped in August.
Weeks later he stepped down from the role after news of his wife’s affair with Ganda became public.
The Falwells met Granda in Miami in 2012 when he was aged 20 and were said to be so impressed with him that they invested in a gay hostel that he and their son ran as managers.
He had sex with Falwell’s wife Becki several times a year in hotel rooms, sometimes while Falwell Jr. watched, until 2018, he claimed.
‘Becki and I developed an intimate relationship and Jerry enjoyed watching from the corner of the room,’ Granda said in a statement.
Falwell Jr. acknowledged the affair but said that he was ‘not involved.’
‘Becki had an inappropriate personal relationship with this person, something in which I was not involved… it was nonetheless very upsetting to learn about.’
After that, they say he had an affair with Falwell Jr’s wife, and that he’s been blackmailing them since.
He claimed that the ‘threatening behavior’ left him with ‘trauma’ and had greatly affected him as he tried to run Liberty University.
Falwell Jr attempted to sue Liberty for defamation last year, but abandoned the lawsuit in December.
Liberty University spokesperson Scott Lamb would not say whether Falwell Jr’s other son Wesley, or his daughters-in-law, were still employed there, Politico reported.
DailyMail.com requested comment from Liberty University, but they had not responded by the time of publication.