Apollo Global Management co-founder Leon Black stated a former Russian mannequin’s accusations that he tried to push her right into a sexual encounter with Jeffrey Epstein are “demonstrably false,” in keeping with a Wednesday courtroom submitting.
Black stated he has proof that his onetime girlfriend Guzel Ganieva “simply invented” the connection to Epstein. Her preliminary grievance towards the billionaire, filed in June, accused Black of defamation and stated he had raped her, however didn’t point out Epstein.
“It speaks volumes that these outlandish allegations are only now appearing for the very first time,” the Wednesday submitting stated, referring to Ganieva’s amended grievance, which she filed in August. It was that grievance that for the primary time talked about Epstein.
Black stated in Wednesday’s submitting that he has tape recordings of Ganieva from round 2015 during which she says she has by no means met Epstein. He had questioned her on the time about whether or not she knew him, in keeping with the submitting.
“Common sense dictates that Mr. Black would never have asked such a question were the events described in [her] Amended [Aug. 9] Complaint true,” the submitting stated.
Ganieva’s amended grievance added explosive allegations to her unique declare. It stated that Black in 2008 flew her to Florida to have sex with Epstein in a threesome. Ganieva stated she refused to have sex with the lads regardless of Epstein’s assistant allegedly warning her that the lads have been “sex addicts” and that “there will be consequences” for displeasing them.
Had the incident really occurred, Black stated in Wednesday’s submitting, Ganieva would have recounted meeting Epstein within the 2015 recording. The submitting says Ganieva advised within the recording solely that Epstein may need as soon as known as her.
Ganieva alleged final month that in 2008 whereas Epstein was serving a jail sentence for soliciting a minor for prostitution, Black flew her in his personal jet from Teterboro, NJ, to Palm Beach, Fla., to fulfill Epstein, whom he had beforehand known as his “best friend.” She alleged that Black hadn’t informed her why he wished to fly her to Florida.
Black in Wednesday’s submitting stated “aircraft records and flight manifests refute this fabricated story.”
Black has requested New York State Supreme Court Judge David Cohen to dismiss Ganieva’s defamation go well with towards him.
This battle between Black, the previous chairman of the Museum of Modern Art, and the beforehand comparatively unknown Ganieva, started in March when she alleged in a tweet that Black had sexually assaulted her. He hit again within the press claiming she had been extorting money from him. She then filed the unique defamation go well with earlier than amending it.
Black filed a countersuit after Ganieva’s preliminary grievance, nevertheless it is not in his present protection.
Black requested within the Wednesday submitting for the choose to impose sanctions on Ganieva and her attorneys, together with Wigdor Partner Jeanne Christensen, for his or her “sanctionable litigation misconduct,” together with what his attorneys stated was the “outrageous” allegation of rape, which the submitting stated was made to destroy Black’s fame.
Christensen, in a press release to The Post, stated Black has concocted a false narrative about her shopper.
“Black’s billions and his powerful connections will not prevent the truth from coming out,” she stated. “We are confident that a jury of Ms. Ganieva’s peers will hold Black accountable for Black’s horrific conduct as alleged in our complaint by Ms. Ganieva.”
So far, Black’s authorized staff has not produced the recordings of Ganieva, in addition to what they allege are damning textual content messages from Ganieva professing her love for Black. They stated they’re keen to provide the proof if Ganieva agrees to protect these recordings and messages from the general public by means of a courtroom protecting order.
Black and Gaineva each say they’d an affair from 2008 by means of 2014, and that the married Black paid money to Ganieva throughout that point to fund her schooling and pay her lease.
Then, each events say Black and Ganieva in 2015 signed a non-disclosure settlement during which Black agreed to pay her extra money to remain quiet about the affair. Black alleges she was extorting him; Ganieva alleges he pressured her to signal the papers.
Black resigned from Apollo as CEO and chairman solely days after the board grew to become conscious of Ganieva’s March tweets about allegedly being sexually assaulted. Black additionally determined round that point to not run for re-election because the chair of MoMA.
Apollo, except for the Ganieva tweets, discovered a couple of months earlier that Black had paid Epstein $158 million between 2013 and 2017 for skilled recommendation on tax audits, wealth administration and property planning. This got here months after Black had stated to the media that his household basis had minimize its ties to Epstein following his 2008 responsible plea.