A former mannequin accusing Leon Black of rape requested a US choose on Friday to dismiss the billionaire investor’s defamation and racketeering conspiracy lawsuit towards her and her legislation agency, as she pursues a separate lawsuit over the rape declare.
In a Manhattan federal court docket submitting, Guzel Ganieva accused the previous Apollo Global Management Inc chief government of attempting to drive a “wedge” between her and Wigdor LLP by suing, 4 months after she sued him in a New York state court docket.
Black had accused Ganieva and the legislation agency of participating in a “criminal enterprise” the place they employed an unnamed financing supply and public relations representatives to extort him and destroy his popularity.
The 70-year-old has additionally strongly denied Ganieva’s claims, together with that he tried to organize a sexual encounter between her and the late intercourse offender Jeffrey Epstein in 2008.
In in search of a dismissal of Black’s claims, Ganieva and the Wigdor legislation agency denied conspiring towards him.
“Simply put, there are no ‘funders’ or ‘flacks,’” the legislation agency mentioned, utilizing a time period for PR representatives.
Susan Estrich, a lawyer for Black, in an interview on Friday mentioned Black had supplied “incontrovertible evidence” towards Ganieva’s claims, and her “scurrilous claims have no purpose other than to humiliate and embarrass Mr. Black with lies.”
Both lawsuits stem from a relationship between Ganieva and the married Black from 2008 to 2014, and which Black has referred to as consensual however “regrettable.”
Ganieva has accused Black of forcing her to signal a nondisclosure settlement, and defaming her by claiming she tried to extort him.
Black has mentioned he had paid Ganieva $100,000 a month for 5-1/2 years to maintain quiet. Those funds stopped final March.
Epstein killed himself in August 2019 whereas awaiting trial on intercourse trafficking expenses.
Black has publicly regretted his ties to Epstein. He stepped down from Apollo final year after an impartial review discovered he had paid Epstein $158 million for tax and property planning, although was not concerned in Epstein’s prison actions.