Evangelical leader and staunch Donald Trump supporter Jerry Falwell Jr has been named as a defendant in a lawsuit over a Miami Beach hostel, which he had invested in along with a young pool boy.
The civil complaint that was first filed in Miami-Dade County in 2015, then dismissed and refiled in August 2017, accuses Falwell, his wife Rebecca, their adult son Trey and their business associate Giancarlo Granda, of failing to share profits from the multimillion-dollar real estate venture with a father and son duo.
The lawsuit, which was first reported by BuzzFeed News on Thursday, was brought against Falwell, 55, and the others by Jesus Fernandez Sr and Jesus Fernandez Jr, who claimed that they helped start the Alton Hostel in Miami Beach in 2013, only to be excluded from the deal.
Liberty University President and Trump supporter Jerry Falwell Jr (pictured left) has been sued along with his pool boy friend Giancarlo Granda (right) over a Miami Beach hostel
The lawsuit revolves around Alton Hostel, which is run under the name Miami Hostel, which a company associated with Falwell purchased for $4.65million in 2013
The complaint, which was obtained by DailyMail.com, accuses the defendants of breach of contract, two counts of fraud and one count of unjust enrichment.
The lawsuit recounts how in March 2012, Falwell and is wife, Rebecca, were staying at the high-end Fountainbleu Hotel in Miami Beach where they met and befriended the 21-year-old Granda, who worked as a pool attendant.
'As the relationship evolved between Falwell Jr and Mrs Falwell, verbal offers were made to Granda to prude him with financial assistance,' the complaint reads.
Granda went to his then-friend Jesus Fernandez Jr, asking for his help in coming up with a profitable business idea that he could bring back to his powerful new benefactor.
According to the suit, the Falwells flew Granda around on their private jet and the evangelical leader told the pool boy that he wished to help him 'establish a new career and build a business.'
Since the hotel worker had no prior experience with business development, he went back to his friend Fernandez and asked him to consult his father, Fernandez Sr, who 'was very experienced in real estate ventures,' according to the complaint.
Falwell was a crucial early supporter of Trump’s. Pictured: Falwell and his family, including wife Rebecca and son Trey, pose up with the president in the Oval Office
The Falwells met Granda, a pool boy, at the Fountainbleau Hotel in Miami Beach (pictured) in 2012 and befriended him
Benefactors: The lawsuit states the couple offered Granda to help him start a new business
The father-and-son duo eventually came up with the idea of starting a hostel, which Falwell would finance.sonos sonos One (Gen 2) - Voice Controlled Smart Speaker with Amazon Alexa Built-in - Black read more
The lawsuit alleges