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Second woman accuses Leon Black of rape; Black’s rep calls claim ‘complete fiction’ By Reuters


© Reuters. FILEPHOTO: Leon Black, former Chief Executive of Apollo Global Management (NYSE:) Inc, is seen here in Beverly Hills California on May 1, 2018. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson/File Photo

By Jonathan Stempel

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A second woman has accused former Apollo Global Management (NYSE:) Inc Chief Executive Leon Black of rape, saying he attacked her in the late financier Jeffrey Epstein’s mansion in Manhattan in 2002.

The claim, by a woman identified as “Jane Doe,” was included in a proposed amended civil lawsuit filed on Monday night by Guzel Ganieva, who has accused the 70-year-old Black of rape and other sexual abuse and is seeking unspecified damages.

A representative of Black stated Tuesday that the claim was “complete fiction” and had no legal basis. It’s telling that this claim was made anonymously. The claims relate to events that took place 20 years ago.

The representative stated that it was clear that Mr. Black is attempting to destroy his professional and personal reputations and defame him through a baseless smear program.

In earlier court filings, Black had forcefully denied Ganieva’s claims, including that he tried to arrange for her to have sex with Epstein in 2008.

According to Monday’s New York State Court filing, Doe is a single mom and ex-model from New Jersey. He had previously given Epstein massages before he made arrangements for Doe to give Black one.

According to the filing, Doe was violently attacked by Black after she gave him $300.

The filing stated that Black later paid Doe $5,000 for their meeting at Manhattan’s St. Regis Hotel (NYSE.) Hotel.

The filing said that she did not file the report of the alleged rape because her friend assured her no one would believe.

Jeanne Christensen was a Ganieva lawyer and stated in an email that Doe could not sue Black as the statute of limitations had expired.

“As to her identity, it is hard enough for women to come forward when they have civil claims – when they are in real fear of the person that already physically violated them,” she added.

The court will not allow Ganieva to file an amended lawsuit.

Black is married and claimed that he had paid Ganieva $100,000 per month over several years to not discuss their 6-1/2 year consensual relationship. This was after Ganieva tried to exort him out of $100 million.

In March, Ganieva (a former model) tweeted that Black had stopped paying him $100,000 per month.

Black stepped down from Apollo this year after an outside independent review found he had paid Epstein $158 million for tax and estate planning. Black was also not found to have been involved in Epstein’s criminal activity, the independent review stated.

Epstein committed suicide in Manhattan prison in August 2019, while waiting for his trial on charges of sex trafficking. Black regrets publicly his relationship with Epstein.

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