Guzel Ganieva claims that Leon Black molested her for years and even raped her several times.
Billionaire Leon Black faces a new lawsuit from a woman alleging he sexually abused and defamed her.
According to CNBC, the lawsuit was filed by Guzel Ganieva in early June.
In her lawsuit, Ganieva alleges that Black defamed her after the former director of Apollo Global Management denied her Twitter allegations that he “sexually molested and abused her for years.”
Ganieva, CNBC says, told the media in April that he had “stupidly had a consensual affair” with the woman. Black alleges and claims that Ganieva is trying to blackmail him.
However, Ganieva’s lawsuit alleges that Black exposed her to unwanted sexual harassment and assault for years. The lawsuit relates twice to Black Ganieva “sexual assault and rape”.
Still, Black’s representatives deny that the billionaire did anything wrong.
“MS. Ganieva’s allegations of harassment and other inappropriate behavior are categorically untrue,” a spokesman for Black said in a statement. Black firmly denies any and all false allegations in this lawsuit and looks forward to refuting them in court. “
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“This frivolous lawsuit is full of lies and nothing more than fiction,” he added.
The same spokesperson went on to say that Black had already made “substantial cash payments” to Ganieva, who allegedly threatened to make their relationship public if not compensated.
Ganieva, Black’s office claims, had a friendly relationship with Black for half a decade. However, Black, who is married, claims Ganieva then tried to blackmail him and in exchange for her silence, asked for money and help repaying the loan.
Ganieva’s lawsuit, CNBC adds, acknowledges that the plaintiff has received unspecified “recurring payments” from Black for approximately five and a half years. These payments began after Ganieva signed a nondisclosure agreement with Black in October 2015.
But Ganieva has a different explanation: Her lawsuit states that Black used his money to silence her. In her complaint, Ganieva alleges that she was forced to sign the nondisclosure agreement, for which Black paid off nearly $ 960,000 in loans for the woman.
Black, the Wall Street Journal writes, resigned as CEO of Apollo after it was revealed he paid $ 158 million to the late disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein. While a legal review found Black was not involved in Epstein’s child trafficking, the association alone was enough to force Black to resign.
The Wall Street Journal notes that Ganieva made her allegations against Black public in March. However, her first round of Twitter posts went unnoticed for weeks until the New York Post wrote an article about it.
Leon Black charged with libel and sexual violence
The woman’s lawsuit accuses Leon Black of defamation and violent behavior