Evangelical leader Jerry Falwell Jr. posted and then apparently deleted a photo of himself with his arm around a young woman while holding a glass of “black water.” Falwell’s shirt is hiked up and his pants are unzipped; the young woman’s shorts are also undone.
Photos of the hardliner partying at a Miami nightclub and allegations of sexual impropriety with a poolboy have dogged the staunch Trump supporter lately.
Falwell has been vacationing on a yacht and posted several photos of his expensive getaway. While coronavirus prevention measures remain in place, the evangelical leader admitted he’s hardly quarantining and is hosting gatherings in an enclosed space without observing social distancing or wearing masks.
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“Lots of good friends visited us on the yacht,” he wrote with the post. “I promise that’s just black water in my hand. It was a prop only.”
After the photo was caught and screenshotted by a Houston Chronicle reporter, it was deleted.
After first denying it was Falwell, Malachi O’Brien, a fellow a Falwell-linked conservative thinktank, confirmed it was the notorious “man of God.” Still, he insisted, the photo was innocent and “taken out of context.”
“What it was was being used to imply is ungodly & seems to have been posted out of context for that reason,” O’Brien tweeted.
Officials at Liberty University have accused Falwell, the school’s president, of abusing the university’s funds, talking graphically about his sex life at work, and other, un-Christian behavior.
Founded by Moral Majority co-founder and legendary antigay activist Jerry Falwell Sr., Liberty University is the country’s best-known evangelical school. His son assumed control when Falwell Sr. died.
Falwell is allegedly “very, very vocal” about his sex life with university employees. Several sources said that he texts or sends racy pictures of his wife to male subordinates.
A former official recalled a car ride with Falwell. “All he wanted to talk about was how he would nail his wife, how she couldn’t handle [his penis size], and stuff of that sort,” the official said.
Another employee said that Falwell sent a picture of his wife in a French maid outfit to his personal trainer.
I deleted after I got more context on the photo. It was Jerry, so I was wrong.
It was a photo taken out of context of the other photos w/ it. Did you know that?
What it was was being used to imply is ungodly & seems to have been posted out of context for that reason. https://t.co/PRPNNuP6Ze
— Malachi (@malachiobrien) August 3, 2020