Leon Black defamed accuser with extortion claim, suit alleges

Ex-Apollo Global Management CEO Leon Black defamed the girl accusing him of sexual abuse by claiming she extorted him and that their relationship was consensual, a brand new lawsuit alleges.

The billionaire and co-founder of the non-public fairness large stepped down from his place March 22, simply days after members of the corporate board found accusatory tweets by Güzel Ganieva.

“I was sexually harassed and abused by [Black] for years,” Ganieva tweeted on March 17. “I was forced to sign an [non-disclosure agreement] in 2015.”

Black claimed at the time that his determination to step down from Apollo was unrelated to Ganieva’s claims. He went on to say he was allegedly being “extorted” by Ganieva and added that he had been paying her cash to avoid wasting his household from any embarrassment if she ever determined to make good on her threats to go public.

But Ganieva denied the allegations and accused Black of threatening her by saying “if she did not sign the NDA, take his hush money and retreat into silence forever, she would feel the brunt of his true wrath,” her Manhattan Supreme Court lawsuit from Tuesday alleges.

“Threatening that a criminal charge will be brought against Ms. Ganieva first will not save Black from the truth about what he has done,” the suit alleges. “The truth will reveal a violent, sadistic side to Black that he has shielded from public view for decades.”

Black allegedly informed Ganieva if she didn’t take the cash, “I will put you in prison” and “I will destroy your life.”

Ganieva additionally mentioned Black’s claims that he paid her cash to spare his household is belied by the truth that he took Ganieva out to five-star eating places, Broadway reveals, artwork reveals, events, motion pictures, museum exhibitions, Knicks video games and the film premiere of “The King’s Speech,” the courtroom paperwork allege.

She in contrast Black to Harvey Weinstein and different highly effective males who’ve been accused of sexual abuse when “he made a preemptive claim of exortion” towards her, in accordance with the grievance.

Ganieva met Black at a 2008 occasion after transferring to the US from Russia as a single mother in her early 20s. Black “choreographed” a plan to assist her with her future, which included giving her two $480,000 loans in 2011 and 2013 — the primary of which was to assist her get a school diploma, the courtroom papers say.

But Black would use his deep pockets to manage Ganieva and maintain her “in his debt forever,” the suit claims.

“Black forced sadistic sexual acts on her without her consent and despite her saying no” starting as early as 2008, the courtroom papers allege.

The alleged abuse kicked off a “cycle of intimidation, abuse and humiliation by Black that on numerous occasions included forced sexual conduct against her will,” the courtroom paperwork declare.

Ganieva alleges that Black raped her on July 6, 2014 when she had been very sick for every week. Black got here to Ganieva’s condo unannounced and dragged her and threw her onto her mattress, the courtroom papers declare.

Black then raped her earlier than saying “Now I have f—ked you,” and leaving, the courtroom submitting alleges.

After, Black relentlessly tried to get Ganieva to take his cash or “he would make sure she ended up ‘in prison’ or he would ‘destroy her life,’” the suit claims.

Then, on Oct. 18, 2015 when the pair was on the Four Seasons Hotel, Black compelled Ganieva to signal a bit of paper and agreed to forgive her loans, the courtroom papers declare.

Ganieva acquired common wire switch funds from an account known as “E Trust” till April 2021, in accordance with the suit.

“[I will be paying you] as long as you keep your mouth shut,” the suit alleges Black informed her.

But Ganieva says she didn’t absolutely perceive the doc and, regardless of repeated requests by way of the years to acquire a duplicate of it, she nonetheless hasn’t gotten one, the courtroom paperwork allege.

“This case is the epitome of why #MeToo exists,” Ganieva’s lawyer Jeanne Christensen mentioned in an announcement.

“In textbook fashion, men with wealth, power and an army of elite lawyers continue to escape accountability for their heinous acts by twisting the legal system to penalize their victims for speaking up,” Christensen mentioned.

Black — who Apollo revealed paid millions to Jeffrey Epstein following the useless pedophile’s 2008 conviction — didn’t instantly return requests for remark.

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