How George Soros’ money manager was accused of BDSM crimes

As a high-earning money manager — together with for the Soros Fund — Howard Rubin appeared to have all of it. There was the multi-million-dollar co-op on the Upper East Side, in addition to a $9 million waterfront property within the Hamptons. Rubin and his spouse, Mary, had been identified for his or her generosity on town’s philanthropy circuit; from 2015 to 2016, the couple gave almost $500,000 to charitable causes, together with the New York Junior League and Hope for a Cure.

But there was one different real-estate holding he stored hidden: an opulent Madison Avenue penthouse, outfitted with blow-up photographs of Playboy fashions and, apparently, all method of BDSM paraphernalia.

It is on this secret intercourse dungeon that Rubin, now 66, is accused of having dedicated violent acts and sexual assault towards a quantity of ladies, together with precise Playboy playmates. A civil trial, with six of his seven alleged victims looking for not less than $18 million, is scheduled for November.

Among different misdeeds, Rubin has been accused of “beat[ing a woman’s] breasts so badly that her right implant flipped” — an harm so extreme that, in accordance with court docket paperwork, her “plastic surgeon was not even willing to operate on her breasts.”

Emma Hopper is one of 3 women claiming physical abuse, by Rubin, beyond what they agreed to.
Emma Hopper is one of three ladies claiming bodily abuse, by Rubin, past what they agreed to.
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He is alleged to have paid his companions as a lot as $5,000 for every BDSM session. But, the ladies declare, they didn’t comply with the diploma of abuse and degradation Rubin inflicted.

One of the plaintiffs claims that, whereas she was certain and susceptible in Rubin’s lair, he advised her “I’m going to rape you like I rape my daughter” after which, in accordance with the criticism, pressured intercourse on her towards her will. (Rubin has three kids along with his estranged spouse, together with not less than one daughter.)

Rubin’s lawyer had no remark.

The preliminary accusations towards the disgraced financier had been made in November 2017, however his spouse of 36 years, fellow Wall Streeter and Harvard MBA Mary Henry, solely filed for divorce on July 7.

“How much can a wife take?” stated an government who labored at Merrill Lynch concurrently Mary.

Attorney John Balestriere claims Howard Rubin nonconsensually abused Amy Moore and 2 others during BDSM play .
Attorney John Balestriere claims Howard Rubin nonconsensually abused Amy Moore and two others throughout BDSM play.
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“I thought he was a nice guy. He was a nebbishy Jewish guy and totally normal. I was surprised to hear about him having that apartment [with a sex dungeon],” stated a dealer who labored with Rubin at Soros Fund Management, created by billionaire investor George Soros.

And whereas Rubin’s colleagues could also be shocked by his over-the-top predilections, some say that “Howie,” as he was identified on Wall Street, could possibly be out-of-control on the workplace, too.

“I saw him throw a chair on the trading floor,” one former co-worker advised The Post “He said, ‘F–k. I just lost $50 million!’ and threw a chair at his computer. Then he came back and threw it a second time, even harder. That sums up Howie: High strung, aggressive, does not hold back his feelings. He was a trader whose ego was tied up in being the biggest swinging dick on Wall Street.”

Howard Rubin grew up in Massachusetts, the place his father did analytical analysis for Polaroid in Cambridge. He attended Lafayette College and graduated with a level in chemical engineering. But after faculty, he skipped the company world for a stint as a Vegas card counter. Over two years, Rubin turned $3,000 into $80,000.

Playboy playmate Mia Raquel Lytell is one of the women accusing Rubin.
Playboy playmate Mia Raquel Lytell is one of the ladies accusing Rubin.
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Then he scored an MBA from Harvard and targeted on Wall Street, the place he started working for Salomon Brothers in 1983. As famous in “Liar’s Poker” by Michael Lewis, Rubin thought that “the trading floor at Salomon Brothers felt like a Las Vegas casino. You made your bets, handled risk, in the midst of a thousand distractions.” He grew to become famed as a money-maker — incomes $55 million for Salomon throughout his first two years.

While making his bones at Salomon, Rubin married monetary advisor Mary Henry in 1985. Rubin appeared like a typical, well-heeled Manhattanite climbing the Wall Street ladder. A society photograph captures the duo swanning via a ritzy 2013 profit on the Pierre Hotel.

A supply who labored on the couple’s Hamptons property — one weblog praised the backyard’s “Monet-like effect” — by no means noticed Rubin’s tough aspect. “They’re great people,” the supply advised The Post of Rubin and Mary. “I’ve known them for 10-plus years. They have always been very honorable.”

Rubin’s high-flying life started to crash in November 2017. That was when the primary allegations had been leveled towards him by three Florida ladies — Mia Lytell and Amy Moore, each described within the go well with as Playboy Playmates, together with Stephanie Caldwell, stated to be a mannequin and a dancer who labored on the 24/7 Miami strip-club E11even.

Rubin rented a penthouse at this Madison Avenue building, where he kept a sex lair.
Rubin rented a penthouse at this Madison Avenue constructing, the place he stored a intercourse lair.
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They accuse Rubin of costs that embody assault, battery and human trafficking. “In short, they are each alleging that they were brought to New York and taken advantage of,” the ladies’s lawyer, John Balestriere, advised The Post. “Allegations come down to [the women] saying they were physically and sexually abused.”

The go well with alleges that Rubin bought one lady “addicted to drugs,” and paints an unpleasant image of what went on between him and 6 S&M companions. (Four extra joined the lawsuit. Caldwell dropped out of the go well with for unexplained causes, and one other lady, Julie Parker, has launched a separate go well with towards Rubin.)

The employed ladies allegedly wound up in Rubin’s  dungeon, with its purple partitions and white carpet. Sex toys had been alphabetized and an X-shaped “St. Andrews cross” — a tool on which submissives are restrained, spread-eagle, on the wrists, ankles and waist — took pleasure of place.

The preliminary lawsuit acknowledged that whereas Lytell and Moore believed that Rubin meant to play “some mild fetish games and perhaps take photos, neither expected to be restrained in this manner [bound with rope and tape and gagged] or to be actually beaten.”

According to a movement for abstract judgment, filed by lawyer Edward McDonald on behalf of Rubin, the  ladies signed strict non-disclosure agreements, with penalties of not less than $500,000 if damaged, and acknowledgement that violent intercourse, with a threat of harm, is what they had been consenting to and being paid for.

[The women] didn’t anticipate to truly be overwhelmed.

Attorney John Balestriere

The criticism alleges that the ladies got little time to overview the agreements. “They did not have lawyers on call,” stated Balestriere.

In not less than some cases, in accordance with the lawsuit, when the ladies “screamed or protested [during a session], Rubin would simply become more violent.”

Lytell claims to have been overwhelmed on the again of the top. Because, in accordance with court docket paperwork, “she was restrained” and “in and out of consciousness, Lytell does not know if Rubin penetrated her with an object or if it was Rubin himself.”

“Some of our clients say they were in no position to speak or leave,” Balestriere advised The Post.

Acknowledging that the ladies had been all paid and that “nobody is saying a gun was put to their heads to come to New York,” Balestriere added: “Our clients are alleging that they were misled and lied to and were victims of physical and sexual violence.”

Rubin is claimed to not hire the penthouse. “Some of the [sexual implements] are in storage and some are thrown out,” a supply advised The Post. “Howie saved some of the stuff” — in accordance with a court docket doc, objects within the dungeon included vaginal clamps and {an electrical} machine with which “Rubin repeatedly shocked [Amy] Moore” — “so he doesn’t get accused of disposing of evidence.”

Howard Rubin with wife Mary, who filed for divorce in July.
Howard Rubin with spouse Mary, who filed for divorce in July.
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Rubin has denied the claims within the case. Rubin’s movement states that he texted Lytell to substantiate that she understood exactly what he was into — and that it will harm.
“Do u [know] what you are in for?” the textual content reads, in accordance with court docket papers. “It’s total BDSM. Most girls love it and come back for more. But I just like to be up front about everything.”

In the movement, Rubin denies allegations of drugging. “He was not supplying drugs to the girls — except possibly painkillers during the encounters [which were painful],” an insider, who requested to stay nameless, advised The Post. “If they had [other] drugs, they were provided by people other than Howie.”

According to Rubin’s abstract judgment movement, Emma Hopper, an Atlanta mannequin and scholar who acquired fee for taking part within the S&M periods, texted an affiliate of Rubin’s because the lawsuits progressed. Hopper allegedly wrote that she was “so worried about everyone” and requested, “Is this all going to stop Howie from seeing us?”

A November 2017 textual content, included in Rubin’s movement as being despatched by Hopper to Rubin’s assistant, reads: “If y’all need me to do anything to help like testify that we agreed to everything happening I will.”

Around this similar time, Hopper requested Rubin to pay for a visit to Los Angeles and for a automobile, in accordance with the movement. He claims to have refused. Hopper filed go well with towards him on Feb. 20, 2018. According to an amended assertion filed by Rubin’s lawyer, sooner or later later Hopper “texted Rubin a photo of herself in a schoolgirl outfit with her breasts exposed” and “‘I’m your little school girl slut for life.’”

George Soros
Howard Rubin labored for George Soros’ Soros Fund.
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“[Hopper] successfully opposed Mr. Rubin’s attempt …  to have her case thrown out,” Balestriere stated of the textual content.

In phrases of the case towards Rubin, Balestriere added, “None of these women came to New York knowing that they would be physically and sexually abused. They did not consent to what did end up happening. The key factor is that Mr. Rubin said these individuals consented to the physical and sexual violence perpetrated against them. Our six clients say they did not consent … ”

A former government at Merrill Lynch Mortgage Capital Markets, the place Rubin labored from 1985 till 1987, stated it’s not the primary time the disgraced financier has proven his shady aspect — noting that, whereas at Merrill, Rubin made an unauthorized commerce that resulted in a broadly publicized $250 million loss for the agency and led to him being fired. (He was then employed by Bear Stearns.)

“[The dungeon] was just Howie being a lowlife — again,” he stated.

“I never knew about the sexual deviations,” the exec added. After it got here out “people were calling me and saying he’s a sleaze … but Howie has no morals. While at Merrill Lynch, he was morally bankrupt.”

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