Jeffrey Epstein Associate Leon Black Accused Of Rape, Model Claims He's a 'Violent, Sadistic' Sexual Predator

Jun. 2 2021, Published 11:54 a.m. ET

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Another associate of convicted sexual predator Jeffrey Epstein has been accused of rape.

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According to a former model, Epstein's longtime friend Leon Black is a "violent, sadistic" sexual predator who raped her and forced her to sign a non-disclosure agreement after.

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Black was one of the most powerful men in New York, serving as investment firm CEO of Apollo Global Management.

He was forced to resign in March after former model Guzel Ganieva went public with her allegations against him.

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Earlier this year, she fired off a series of tweets accusing Black of sexually harassing and abusing her "for years."

"It started in 2008 when I met with him to discuss work. While he understood my career aspirations, he could not understand me when I refused his sexual advances. I was bullied, manipulated, threatened, and coerced. Similarly, under duress, I was forced to sign an NDA in 2015," she wrote.

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Black has denied that his resignation had anything to do with the model's allegations.

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He also alleged they had a "consensual affair" and claimed Ganieva blackmailed him into giving her money.

In an article published by Bloomberg, Black said, "Any allegation or any other inappropriate behavior towards her is completely fabricated."

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"The truth is that I have been extorted by Ms. Ganieva for years and I made substantial monetary payments to her, based on her threats to go public concerning our relationship, in an attempt to spare my family from public embarrassment," he added.

In a new defamation lawsuit, Ganieva is hitting back, detailing the alleged violence she faced reportedly at the hands of Black.

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Calling Black's response "malicious," the model says it's "right from the playbook of scores of wealthy and powerful men facing similar accusations."

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Comparing him to the likes of Harvey Weinstein and Russell Simmons, the lawsuit reads, "For too long, wealthy men like Black have enjoyed an unequal access to justice unavailable to the average citizen…. The truth will reveal a violent, sadistic side to Black that he has shielded from public view for decades."

According to Ganieva, Black would threaten her, saying he'd "put her in prison." She also claims he told her that speaking out would be "suicide."

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Ganieva says Black "picked her out of a crowd" in 2008, alleging he wanted to help her with her modeling career.

"Naively Ms Ganieva believed that Black was not interested in her sexually, simply because she told him that their relationship would not be sexual," the lawsuit states, adding, "Black, however, is a ruthless planner and a man that gets what he wants."

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Ganieva claims he "forced sadistic sexual acts on her without her consent and despite her saying no."

Saying she was "humiliated and in shock," the model "never uttered a word about what had been done to her."

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According to the lawsuit, Ganieva "endured a cycle of intimidation, abuse and humiliation by Black that on numerous occasions included forced sexual conduct against her will."

She is asking for damages and wants a permanent injunction that would prevent Black and any of his representatives of his from having contact with her.

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