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Leon Black may find some silver linings in defamation suit against him

Sifting via this week’s explosive lawsuit against Leon Black by an ex-Russian mannequin, there may be a brilliant spot for Black: The case isn’t more likely to dig up any dust in regards to the billionaire’s alleged ties with Jeffrey Epstein.

That’s as a result of the defamation suit filed Tuesday by Guzel Ganieva — a single mom who denies Black’s declare that the pair had a “consensual affair,” as a substitute accusing him of “sadistic sexual acts” — doesn’t point out Epstein, and subsequently doesn’t present grounds for digging into issues pertaining to the useless pedophile, authorized consultants say.

Another potential optimistic for Black: While the lawsuit features a ugly allegation of a 2014 rape, it isn’t more likely to spur an investigation by the New York District Attorney, in accordance with consultants.

“Winning a rape case is so difficult,” says New York trial lawyer Mark Moody. “It happened seven years ago. Presumably, there is no evidence. It also looks like a ‘he said, she said’ story. It would be difficult to prove it criminally.”

It may very well be, nevertheless, that the positives finish there. That’s as a result of the collection of graphic accusations in the suit, filed in New York state court docket, threaten to dwarf considerations round Black’s ties to Epstein, which till now have solely been established as monetary.

Analysts say it’s unlikely intercourse offender Jeffrey Epstein, and his alleged ties to Leon Black, will likely be fodder for the defamation suit introduced against Black by a former mannequin.
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The authorized battle with Ganieva, which may very effectively end result in a trial, may drag on for years.

“Ms. Ganieva’s allegations of harassment and other inappropriate behavior are categorically untrue,” Black stated in an announcement on Tuesday (His reps declined to remark additional on Wednesday). “This frivolous lawsuit is riddled with lies, and is nothing more than a wholesale fiction.”

Black will probably purpose to slender the case to the defamation claims and search confidentiality as usually as potential — a request that received’t essentially be granted by a choose, in accordance with consultants. In a few year, search for Black to file a movement to dismiss the suit earlier than providing Ganieva any money, says Patrick Boyd of the Boyd Law Group.

Ex-model Guzel Ganieva is suing former Apollo Global Management chief Leon Black, alleging defamation and sexual violence.
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Ganieva’s attorneys didn’t communicate with Black’s authorized workforce earlier than submitting the suit, in accordance with a supply briefed on the scenario. That’s “slightly unusual,” in accordance with Boyd, who says Ganieva may have feared Black would preempt her suit with a media offensive of his personal, making it troublesome to air her allegations. 

Ganieva’s regulation agency Wigdor declined to remark. Nevertheless, Moody says Ganieva’s case seems robust and can survive a movement to dismiss. A jury trial is three to 6 years away, sources stated.

“It’s difficult to see how a narrative can be created by Black to counter the claims and get a summary judgment,” Moody stated.

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