Jerry Falwell Jr, the homophobic president of America’s best-known evangelical college, Liberty University, accused a Miami Beach-based photography company of doctoring photos of him at a nightclub in 2014, but the company fired back on Tuesday by releasing a trove of new pictures showing the evangelical leader partying the night away inside the Miami club.
Politico on Tuesday morning published an exposé that included photos taken by World Red Eye showing Falwell partying at Wall Lounge, the nightclub inside the W South Beach, with his son and daughter-in-law.
But when Politico reporter Brandon Ambrosino, an alumnus of Liberty University, asked Falwell about the embarrassing pictures, he offered a staunch denial and suggested the images were Photoshopped:
In a statement on August 21, Jerry Falwell denied the existence of any photo of him at the club. “There was no picture snapped of me at WALL nightclub or any other nightclub,” Falwell wrote. “I’m sure you already knew that though.”
When told that I had obtained a photo of him for this article, Falwell said I was “terribly mistaken.” “If you show me the picture, I can probably help you out,” he wrote. “I think you are making some incorrect assumptions, or have been told false things or are seeing something that was photo-shopped.”
The news outlet said that, according to unnamed sources at the school, his reaction was to get an “IT guy” to lower the image’s ranking in Google search results.
As noted by Politico, Liberty University has a strict policy against the same type of “improper social behavior” captured by World Red Eye photographers. The college prohibits alcohol consumption for all students, even those who are over the age of 21, living on or off-campus.
The official school policy states:
Liberty University prohibits the possession, use, manufacture, or distribution of alcoholic beverages, tobacco, nicotine, illegal drugs, and non-prescribed controlled substances by its students, whether this occurs on or off campus. … Violations of this prohibition may result in disciplinary action, including a sanction of non-return or administrative withdrawal.
The college also discourages co-ed mingling, according to their official policy:
All students are asked to display mature Christian behavior in social interaction. Proper respect must be shown to all individuals at all times. Harassment of any type will not be tolerated. Handholding is the only appropriate form of personal contact. Improper personal contact or other forms of public display are considered in poor taste. After dusk, students should not be alone with an individual of the opposite sex in any unlighted area such as the ball fields, parking lots, parked cars, ravine or other wooded areas, etc. This is considered improper social behavior.
In response to Falwell’s allegations of photographic manipulation, World Red Eye founder Seth Browarnik posted a statement to Twitter in response to Politico’s story.
“For 21 years, I have maintained an impeccable reputation for documenting Miami Beach’s storied social scene,” Browarnik wrote. “We wholly reject Jerry Falwell Jr.’s baseless allegation in yesterday’s Politico report by Brandon Ambrosino that one of our pictures was ‘photo-shopped’ or manipulated in any fashion. We, in fact, did not know Politico’s purpose for licensing the image and were as surprised as anyone to discover that Mr. Falwell was among the partygoers we photographed on July 19, 2014 at WALL Lounge. As a result, we reviewed all the images we have from the event and discovered an additional four photos that include Mr. Falwell and two more of his son.”
Statement in response to yesterday’s @politico story on Jerry Falwell Jr. that included our photographs. Additional photographs of Mr. Falwell and his son are posted here: https://t.co/szq7nAFkP0 pic.twitter.com/Y8t36Qpfqa
— Seth Browarnik (@worldREDEYE) September 10, 2019
The photographer told the Miami New Times that this is the first time he’s ever faced accusations of manipulating his photographs, and he takes the charge seriously. “Obviously, my good name is everything and my business, and I needed to protect what I built for 21 years.”
Piety, no?: Left: A zoomed-in close-up of Jerry Falwell Jr. in the crowd at WALL nightclub in Miami Beach, taken from the photo at the start of this section. Right: Also at the club that night were Trey Falwell and his wife, Sarah. | Seth Browarnik/WorldRedEye.com pic.twitter.com/YGYGp08pNW
— Jack Hutton (@jackhutton) September 9, 2019
“In my field,” he adds, “Photoshopping something in that’s not there is probably one of the worst things you can possibly do — and it’s not legal.”
Earlier this month, Fallwell Jr. was also caught up in a real estate scandal involving his hunky personal fitness trainer (not to be confused with a real estate scandal involving a South Beach pool boy).
Jerry Falwell Jr. repeatedly told @BrandonAmbro that photos of him at a Miami nightclub were photoshopped.
The photo team that was there took exception to that.
Today, World Red Eye released more photos from that night showing Falwell: https://t.co/k3yAquTGif #WorldRedEye pic.twitter.com/cx5Oz2upFt
— Zack Stanton (@zackstanton) September 10, 2019
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