Manhattan DA investigating Leon Black over sex assault accusations from Guzel Ganieva

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The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office has reportedly opened a criminal probe into billionaire Leon Black over allegations he raped two models.

The investigation, revealed by two sources to Vanity Fair, focuses on claims in a civil suit filed by a Russian model who accuses the 70-year-old financier of sexual assault.

Guzel Ganieva alleged in June that Black, the former CEO of Apollo Global Management, raped her in 2014.

Leon Black, chairman and chief executive officer of Apollo Global Management LLC, is under investigation for two alleged sexual assaults.
Leon Black, chairman and chief executive officer of Apollo Global Management LLC, is under investigation for two alleged sexual assaults.
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She then amended her suit last month to include claims by another woman that Black had raped her in Jeffrey Epstein’s Upper East Side townhouse in 2002.

Sources told the publication that the investigation is in the early stages.

Guzel Ganieva, one of two women accusing Black of sexual assault.
Guzel Ganieva, one of two women accusing Black of sexual assault.
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But prosecutors have already met with Ganieva, 38, and the other accuser, who is referred to in court papers as Jane Doe.

The DA’s office could not be reached for comment early Tuesday.

“We stand behind our clients and seek to hold Black accountable,” said Jeanne Christensen, a partner at Wigdor LLP and counsel for Guzel Ganieva and Jane Doe. “We encourage anyone who may have been sexually assaulted by Black or has relevant information about someone else to contact our office or the Manhattan DA’s office.”

Black has vehemently denied the accusations by both Ganieva and the unidentified woman.

And a spokesperson for Black told Vanity Fair that his team is unaware of any investigation into the billionaire by the DA.

“As we have previously stated, Mr. Black has provided substantial documentary evidence in legal filings, including text messages and recordings, that show Ms. Ganieva’s claims to be completely false,” the spokesperson said.

“In addition, we have been in contact with the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office and provided detailed evidence of Ms. Ganieva’s extortion of Mr. Black.”



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