TRUMP’S FIXER MICHAEL COHEN SAYS HE HELPED FALWELLS BLOCK RELEASE OF PHOTOS
President Donald Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen has told CNN that he helped Jerry Falwell Jr. and his wife Becki ensure that their personal photos would not be released to the Washington Post in 2015, saying he did so since he was friends with the couple, Sarah Al-Arshani wrote for Business Insider in the afternoon of August 27, 2020.
On Tuesday, Falwell officially stepped down as president of Liberty University following a series of controversies including a report that Becki had a sexual affair with Falwell's former business partner, Giancarlo Granda. "Becki and I developed an intimate relationship and Jerry enjoyed watching from the corner of the room," Granda told Reuters. Falwell denied the claims that he was involved in the affair.
Cohen said he helped the Falwells block some "personal photos between a husband and wife" from being released in 2015 by negotiating with an attorney for a father and son who had sued Falwell and Granda over a land deal, CNN reported. "Jerry and Becki (were) very upset at the prospect of its (the photos') potential public release," Cohen told CNN.
Falwell confirmed Cohen's role in helping secure the images to The Washington Post and said the photos that show him and his wife in their backyard were stolen from his phone. "They weren't fully nude," Falwell said. "They were just pictures of my wife. I was proud of how she looked."