Leon Black, Chairman, CEO and Director, Apollo World Administration, LLC, speaks on the Milken Institute’s twenty first World Convention in Beverly Hills, California, Could 1, 2018.
Lucy Nicholson | Reuters
Leon Black, the billionaire who till just lately had led private-equity agency Apollo Global Management for greater than three a long time, was sued on Tuesday by a girl who accused him of defamation and subjecting her to sexual violence.
Guzel Ganieva mentioned Black lied by denying her March 17 accusations on Twitter that he had “sexually harassed and abused” her “for years,” when he instructed information media in April he had “foolishly had a consensual affair” along with her and that she extorted him.
The criticism mentioned Black subjected Ganieva over a number of years to quite a few situations of undesirable sexual conduct. It referred twice to his alleged “sexual assaults and rapes” of her, and particularly described one alleged rape from 2014.
“Ms. Ganieva’s allegations of harassment and different inappropriate habits are categorically unfaithful,” a spokesman for Black mentioned in a press release. “Mr. Black emphatically denies each spurious allegation put forth on this lawsuit and appears ahead to disproving them in courtroom.”
The spokesman additionally mentioned Black made “substantial financial funds” to Ganieva primarily based on her threats to go public about their relationship. He didn’t specify a greenback quantity.
Ganieva mentioned in her criticism that she acquired unspecified “common funds” from Black for 5-1/2 years after she signed a nondisclosure settlement in October 2015.
She mentioned Black moved to silence her for his alleged misconduct by coercing her into signing the settlement, in change for forgiving $960,000 of loans he had made and which she couldn’t repay.
Black, 69, stepped down this 12 months as Apollo’s chief government and chairman, after an impartial evaluation carried out by the Dechert legislation agency mentioned he had paid the disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein $158 million for tax and property planning.
The Dechert report discovered Black was not concerned with Epstein’s legal actions. Black mentioned on the time he deeply regretted his involvement with Epstein.
Ganieva, a Russian native now in her late 30s, mentioned Black picked her out of a crowd at a 2008 Worldwide Ladies’s Day occasion, and later accompanied her to prime eating places, Broadway reveals, cultural occasions and personal events.
“He did not attempt to hold her a secret,” Ganieva’s lawyer Jeanne Christensen mentioned in a phone interview.
The lawsuit in a New York state courtroom in Manhattan seeks unspecified damages.