Jerry Falwell Jr., a prominent evangelical leader, gave a 21-year-old pool attendant $1.8 million. In 2012, he and his wife allegedly befriended Giancarlo Granda when they stayed at the Fontainebleau in Miami where he worked, according to Buzzfeed.
Granda was offered “financial assistance,” flown in a jet, and eventually set up in business by Falwell. Four years later, Falwell helped Trump secure the support of white evangelical Christians during the 2016 presidential election.
Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, was recently sentenced to prison for lying to Congress and violating campaign finance rules. Some of these violations included paying off women who said they had affairs with Trump. A father and son filed a lawsuit in 2017 against Falwell for pushing them out of the deal. The lawsuit says that Falwell “indicated that he wanted to help Granda establish a new career and build a new business.”
In response, Falwell filed an affidavit that says Granda was given a share in the business “in exchange for his agreement to serve as local manager.”
"My wife and I provided a loan of $1 million" for the purchase of the youth hostel, Falwell wrote. “Later, my wife and I provided additional funds of $800,000 for renovations of Alton Hostel which are being treated as an additional loan.”
Falwell gave no explanation for why he invested so much money into the venture or why he chose Granda to manage it, despite his non-existent experience in real estate or hotel management.
Falwell's affidavit is being used as a part of a motion to dismiss his part in the lawsuit, which was brought by Jesus Fernandez Sr. and Jesus Fernandez Jr.
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