Miami Lawyer Sues Hulu Over Corben ‘God Forbid’ Falwell Movie


Giancarlo Granda, left, and Jerry Falwell Jr. in an undated photo that appears in “God Forbid: The Sex Scandal That Brought Down A Dynasty,” a documentary set to premiere November 1, 2022 on Hulu.

Photo of Giancarlo Granda provided by “God Forbid”

Miami lawsuit seeks to stop Hulu from airing Billy Corben’s new documentary about the sex scandal of Jerry Falwell Jr., one of the men involved in the saga chasing audio recordings he says were made at his unknowing.

Gordon Bello is a former friend of Giancarlo Granda, the young man from Miami nicknamed “the pool boy” in the media storm surrounding his professional and personal relationship with Falwell and his wife, Becki, after meeting them at the age of 20 years. at the station of Fontainebleau.

The Hulu documentary “God Forbid” includes recordings comedian Tom Arnold made of Bello talking about his dispute with Falwell and Granda over his alleged piece of a hotel deal in South Beach, a falling out that allegedly included Bello’s threats over personal photos of Becki Falwell he had obtained.

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Sometime in 2015, Michael Cohen, then attorney for future President Donald Trump, stepped in on the Falwells’ behalf to negotiate with Bello’s attorney to keep the photos private.

Arnold, an acquaintance of Cohen, recorded a conversation with him discussing his role in pursuing the photos for the Falwells, then recorded a subsequent conversation with Bello. The suit does not mention a date for the recorded conversations. Arnold was not immediately available for comment.

The lawsuit in Miami-Dade Circuit Court asks a judge to block Hulu from broadcasting conversations recorded by Arnold. It also names as defendants Arnold and Rakontur, the production company behind the documentary, owned by Corben and his producing partner, Alfred Spellman. Corben said Saturday night he had not seen the trial and was unable to comment.

Bello met the Falwells through Granda and helped navigate them to a South Beach inn the family purchased as part of a 2012 deal that included Granda as a minority partner.

Granda and Bello argued over this, and Bello later sued him and the Falwells for part of the deal allegedly promised to him and his father, a former developer named Jett Bello. They were known in Miami as Jesus Fernandez and Jesus Fernandez Jr. The two changed names in 2016, citing unspecified concerns over the legal dispute.

The Miami Herald obtained a copy of the lawsuit, which claims defamation and invasion of privacy. It includes a court file number, although online court records did not show it on the docket as of Saturday afternoon.

The documentary is set to premiere Tuesday on Hulu, but preview copies have already circulated in the media.

In the suit, Bello said he didn’t know Arnold recorded his conversation.

A former MIami-Dade County Commission Legislative Assistant, Bello is now launching a consulting business in Miami. In the lawsuit, he said his business “depends on the trust and reputation of the public.” Bello, who has not seen the documentary, said his understanding of the alleged defamation came from accounts given to him by reporters and critics who had seen the preview.

Doug Hanks covers the government of Miami-Dade for the Herald. He worked at the newspaper for almost 20 years, covering real estate, tourism and economics before joining the Metro desk in 2014.
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