I’m a little late to this because I’ve been tied up with other matters but by now it seems pretty clear — and what follows has not been fully reported — just who had the compromising “racy” photographs of the Reverend Jerry Falwell, Jr. and his wife. “Months before evangelical leader’s game-changing presidential endorsement of Donald Trump in 2016, told Trump fixer and attorney Michael Cohen that someone had obtained embarrassing photographs of him and his wife, and was demanding cash for them.
Reuters, which originally broke the story, was unable to determine who made the demand, but sources told the news agency that Cohen flew to Florida and met with an attorney for the person with the photographs. Cohen spoke with the attorney and told him that his client was committing a crime, and that law enforcement authorities would be called if the demands didn’t stop, one of the sources said.
The matter was soon resolved. The apparent blackmailer’s lawyer told Cohen that all of the photographs had been destroyed.
Gee, who do the Falwells know in Florida? Oh yeah, Giancarlo Granda, a 21-year-old pool attendant at the Fontainebleau Hotel that the reverend and Mrs. Falwell “befriended” during a Miami vacation – and then loaned $1.8 million to buy a South Beach youth hostel.
The reverend, his wife and a pool boy. That’s one hell of a a ménage a trois in Miami. As to the “racy” pix, Cohen described the images as “photos between husband, wife, and the whole bit,” according to the Washington Post. ““I actually have one of the photos,” Cohen is quoted as saying. “It’s terrible.”
So did Trump, whose long-time fixer kept the”terrible” photo, blackmail Falwell into giving him his endorsement for president? Seems like a possible explanation for an otherwise inexplicable act.
Fortunately, Mr. Granda is a student at Georgetown University and should have just finished his final exams right about now. He should be glad to clear this up, however in a recent interview with the Miami New Times he denied any involvement with the photographs.
Now that exams are over, perhaps he’ll have more time to reflect on things.