The Wall Street billionaire who stood by Jeffery Epstein long after others left him has been accused of being a “violent, sadistic” sexual predator who raped and harassed a former model and then forced her to sign an NDA, the DailyMail can report. com reveal.
These are the central charges of a defamation lawsuit filed by former model Guzel Ganieva against Leon Black, once one of the city’s most powerful executives as the former CEO of Apollo Global Management.
Black, 69, resigned as head of the massive investment firm on March 22, just days after Ganieva went public with her claims that Black had “abused” her for years.
Black has denied that his resignation had anything to do with a series of tweets from Ganieva, 38, in which she claimed that Black’s abuse began in 2008 when she met him to talk about work and continued until 2015 when he forced her to give a NDA to sign.
Leon Black (right), once one of New York City’s most powerful executives as CEO of Apollo Global Management, has been accused of rape, DailyMail.com can reveal. Black was an associate of Jeffrey Epstein (left) and was with the pedophile for a long time. Pepe Fanjul is pictured in the middle
Former model Guzel Ganieva accuses Black of being a ‘violent, sadistic’ sexual predator who raped and harassed her, then forced her to sign an NDA
She tweeted: “When I refused his sexual advances, I was bullied, manipulated, threatened and coerced. Likewise, I was forcibly forced to sign an NDA in 2015.’
She claimed, “I’m breaking my silence now because I don’t want this kind of predatory behavior to keep happening to other women.”
Black, who has described his decision to give Epstein a “second chance” as “a terrible mistake,” hit back by describing the relationship as a “consensual affair,” which he “foolishly” embarked on.
In an article published by Bloomberg on April 8, Black said, “Any accusation or other inappropriate behavior against her is completely fabricated.”
He went on to claim: “The truth is that I have been extorted for years by Ms. Ganieva and made significant monetary payments to her, based on her threats to go public about our relationship, in an effort to spare my family from public embarrassment.” .’
The lawsuit filed on behalf of Ganieva by Widgdor Law describes this statement as malicious and “straight from the script of dozens of rich and powerful men facing similar charges.”
Comparing Black to Harvey Weinstein, Bill O’Reilly, Paul Haggis and Alan Dershowitz and Russell Simmons, all of whom accused their own would-be accusers of attempted shake-downs, the lawsuit dismisses his claims as false and defamatory.
And it reads: “For too long rich men like Black have enjoyed unequal access to justice that was unavailable to the average citizen…The truth will reveal a violent, sadistic side of Black that he has kept to the public for decades.” shielded.’
Black has denied that his resignation had anything to do with a series of tweets from Ganieva, 38, in which she claimed that Black’s abuse began in 2008 when she met him to talk about work and continued until 2015 when he forced her to give a NDA to sign
The lawsuit alleges that Black threatened Ganieva that he would “put her in jail,” telling her that speaking out would be “suicide.”
According to the suit, “as a master chess player… Black was many moves ahead of Mrs. Ganieva from the moment he met her.”
Black is said to have “plucked her from a crowd” in March 2008 at an International Women’s Day event in New York City.
Black is seen with his wife Debra Black in 2017
The single mother, then in her twenties, had recently moved from Russia to the United States. According to her case, “it was easy for Black to convince Mrs. Ganieva to have dinner with him at La Grenouille, where he intended to tell her exactly how he could help her with her future.”
Black reportedly won Ganieva’s trust so that he could betray it, while Ganieva was flattered and naive of his intentions.
The lawsuit states: “Ganieva naively believed that Black was not sexually interested in her simply because she told him that their relationship would not be sexual.
“But Black is a ruthless planner and a man who gets what he wants.”
On one occasion, having her alone and out of sight of his associates, “Black forced her to perform sadistic sex acts without her consent and despite her saying no.”
The first time this reportedly happened was in 2008 when Black took Ms. Ganieva into “a studio apartment with a mattress on the floor and no other furniture.”
“Humiliated and in shock,” the suit claims, “Mrs. Ganieva didn’t say a word about what had been done to her.’
Over the next few years, Ms. Ganieva, she claims, “endured a cycle of harassment, abuse and humiliation by Black that involved coerced sexual behavior against her will on numerous occasions.”
Many of these alleged occasions, according to the indictment, were “committed by Black to make him indulge in sadistic sexual acts that were physically painful to Ms. Ganieva and that she never consented to.”
Ganieva claims that one of Black’s tactics was to promise to help raise her child and help her apply for Harvard Business School because of his strong relationships there.
The lawsuit filed on behalf of Ganieva by Widgdor Law describes Black’s denial as malicious and “straight from the playbook of dozens of rich and powerful men facing similar charges.”
Black is accused of constantly belittling Ganieva and forcing her to follow him in public. He is said to have criticized her clothing and make-up and she claims that he ‘swore at her’ for refusing to consent to threesomes with other women.
At six feet tall and weighing 300 pounds, Ganieva claims that Black also physically intimidated her by clenching his fists, banging on furniture, and repeatedly cracking his knuckles.
In 2011 and 2013, Black offered Ganieva two loans of $480,000, payable in installments of $60,000 per month and eventually repaid in full at 5 percent interest.
This was, the suit states, money she couldn’t possibly return. In 2014, Ganieva claims that Black raped her when she was sick at home and was so weak that she could barely walk.
Her suit claims, “Never a match for his physical size and strength on this day in particular Mrs. Ganieva knew what fate had in store.”
It goes on to claim that after he was done, Black stated, “Now I fucked you,” before walking out leaving Ganieva naked and unable to move.
The following year, Black reportedly offered “forgiveness” for Ganieva’s loans on the condition that she sign an NDA.
Today, her lawyers have described Black’s recent claims that Ganieva extorted him as completely false and malicious.
She asks for damages and a permanent ban on banning Black and his representatives from contacting her.
Wigdor LLP partner Jeanne M Christensen described the case as “the epitome of why #MeToo exists”.
She said: “In the textbook, men of wealth, power and an army of elite lawyers continue to evade responsibility for their heinous acts by twisting the justice system to punish their victims for speaking up. Unfortunately, it is clear that #MeToo has many miles to go until prosecutors consistently pursue sexual predators who falsely accuse sexual assault victims of extortion.”
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