According to new court documents, Leon Black’s accuser claims the billionaire raped another woman in Jeffrey Epstein’s Manhattan townhouse massage room in 2002.
Guzel Ganieva, a Russian model, claims that new allegations against the former CEO of Apollo Global Management have bolstered her defamation case against him, which she filed in June. Ganieva claimed Black had been sexually abusive to her for years and falsely accused her of attempting to extort him to keep quiet about their relationship. Black categorically denies the allegations.
According to court documents filed by Ganieva’s team on Monday, the other woman met Epstein in 2000 after a Ukrainian woman and Epstein’s alleged madame Ghislaine Maxwell encouraged her to do so because he “was a powerful businessman” who could help her as a struggling single mother.
According to court documents, the woman gave Epstein massages on several occasions in exchange for $300 per encounter. According to the court papers, she eventually stopped after Epstein pressured her to “do more,” which she repeatedly refused.
When the woman was “in desperate need of money,” Epstein set up a meeting for her with Black, telling the woman Black could “help” her, the filing alleges.
According to the papers, she met Black in 2002 at Epstein’s townhouse massage parlor, where he allegedly gave her $300 before allegedly brutally rapping her.
According to the filing, she met Black in public places in the weeks after the attack, where he “told her he felt bad” and handed her an envelope containing $5,000 before pressuring her to see him again.
The new claims were brought anonymously 20 years after the fact and long after the statute of limitations had expired, according to a spokesman for Black.
“This claim is complete fiction and has no basis in fact or law,” the spokesman’s statement said.
The representative also stated that this is Ganieva’s third change of allegations in her lawsuit, and that the previous allegations had been proven false by evidence presented in the case.
“Having failed in their first two attempts to destroy Mr. Black’s reputation,” the law firm representing Ganieva, Wigdor, “is now manufacturing new allegations that will be shown to be as false and defamatory as the last two pleadings Wigdor filed,” the statement continued.
“It is abundantly clear that the only goal here is to publicly destroy Mr. Black’s personal and professional reputation and to defame him by perpetrating a baseless smear campaign,” the spokesman continued. “Mr. Black is confident that those who have abused the court process so egregiously and attacked his reputation so recklessly will be held responsible for their misconduct.”
Ganieva added to her lawsuit in August that Black flew her to Florida in 2008 to try to force her into a threesome with Epstein. In court papers filed earlier this month, Black responded that the allegations were “demonstrably false,” adding that flight records and other evidence refuted the claims.