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Russian model claims billionaire Leon Black flew her to Jeffrey Epstein’s mansion for sex attempt


A former Russian model with whom Wall Street billionaire and Jeffrey Epstein  associate Leon Black has admitted to having an affair with, has alleged in a lawsuit how he forced her to fly Florida to ‘satisfy the sex needs’ of Epstein. 

Guzel Ganieva, 38, branded Black, 69, a ‘violent, sadistic’ sexual predator who raped and harassed her before coercing her into signing a non-disclosure agreement in a defamation lawsuit exposed exclusively by DailyMail.com in June.

But Ganieva is now claiming Black, the married former CEO of private equity firm Apollo Global Management, whisked her away to Florida and Jeffrey Epstein’s Palm Beach mansion.

According to the amended complaint as see by The Daily News, although Genieva had arranged to get lunch with Black, he instead took her to Teterboro Airport in New Jersey before getting on a private jet headed for the Sunshine State.

Former Russian model Guzel Ganieva, 38, claims Wall Street billionaire Leon Black, 69, took her to Florida with the intention of having sex with him and Jeffrey Epstein

The former CEO of Apollo Global Management, Leon Black, acknowledged he had an affair with Ganieva while he was married from 2008 to 2015

The former CEO of Apollo Global Management, Leon Black, acknowledged he had an affair with Ganieva while he was married from 2008 to 2015 

When Genieva arrived at the mansion, she alleges she was summoned into a room to find both Black and Epstein sitting in an office together.

‘Black and Epstein were situated close to one another, each facing Ms. Ganieva while in almost supine positions, as if they were waiting for her to get on top of them. Indeed, Black indicated with his eyes that he wanted Ms. Ganieva to come and lay in between him and Epstein,’ part of the lawsuit filed in Manhattan Supreme Court reads.

Despite the come-ons, Ganieva did not sleep with the men, at which point Black told her to leave the room. The visit only lasted a total of two hours.

Black said he and Ganieva had engaged in a consensual affair starting in 2008 until 2015 – when he claims she extorted him by threatening to take their relationship public if he did not pay her $100million. 

While he did not meet her initial demand, in exchange for her silence Black said he agreed to forgive $1million in loans he made to her, and to make $100,000 in monthly payments for 15 years – amounting to $18million total. 

The lawsuit filed by Ganieva alleges that Black raped and assaulted her, using his influence to stay silent for years through coercive manipulation.  

Black, 69, resigned his position as head of Apollo in March, just days after Ganieva went public with her claims that Black had ‘abused’ her ‘for years.’ 

Black has denied that his resignation had anything to do with the series of tweets posted by Ganieva, which came after he was already under scrutiny for standing by pedophile financier Epstein for years. 

Genieva arranged to get lunch with Black, but he instead took her to Teterboro Airport in New Jersey before getting on a private jet headed Jeffrey Epstein's Palm Beach mansion, above

Genieva arranged to get lunch with Black, but he instead took her to Teterboro Airport in New Jersey before getting on a private jet headed Jeffrey Epstein’s Palm Beach mansion, above 

Epstein's home (bottom right, with the white roof) is in an area of prime Palm Beach real estate

Epstein’s home (bottom right, with the white roof) is in an area of prime Palm Beach real estate

Black stepped down from his role as CEO of Apollo in march after he was revealed as a longtime associate of pedophile billionaire Jeffrey Epstein, left. Black (right) was with Epstein at a screening of the film Capote in 2005

Black stepped down from his role as CEO of Apollo in march after he was revealed as a longtime associate of pedophile billionaire Jeffrey Epstein, left. Black (right) was with Epstein at a screening of the film Capote in 2005 

Black repeatedly called Epstein his ‘best friend,’ according to Ganieva’s suit.    

After the Palm Beach encounter, according to the lawsuit as seen by the Daily News, Ganieva claims to have spoken with one of Epstein’s alleged enablers, Sarah Kellen, while still in the mansion’s living room. 

‘You have to understand that [Jeffrey and Leon] are sex addicts,’ Kellen is alleged to have said to Ganieva. 

‘You have to let them do whatever they want with you, and you have to let them be with multiple sexual partners if that’s what they want,’ Kellen said, according to the complaint.

‘They are very powerful, and if you don’t do what they want you to do, there will be consequences that I do not want for you.’ 

At the time of the encounter allegedly took place, at the time Epstein was being monitored by sheriffs in connection with his 2008 guilty plea for soliciting an underage prostitute.

Ganieva is pictured (left) with pals Natane Boudreau and Claudia Mason in 2011

Ganieva is pictured (left) with pals Natane Boudreau and Claudia Mason in 2011

Ganieva (left at an event in 2011) branded Black a 'violent, sadistic' sexual predator who raped and harassed her before coercing her into signing a non-disclosure agreement in a defamation lawsuit exposed exclusively by DailyMail.com in June

Ganieva (left at an event in 2011) branded Black a ‘violent, sadistic’ sexual predator who raped and harassed her before coercing her into signing a non-disclosure agreement in a defamation lawsuit exposed exclusively by DailyMail.com in June

‘It is deeply concerning that Black’s scheme to bring Ms. Ganieva to Epstein’s home was something he planned, and did do, without her knowledge. It was wholly without her consent and even worse, by the time he told her, Ms. Ganieva was powerless to do anything about it,’ wrote Ganieva’s lawyers in court papers.   

‘Just like her June complaint, Ms. Ganieva’s story today is demonstrably and transparently false and betrays her willingness to say anything and fabricate a story in the hope that something will stick. It won’t,’ Black’s attorney Whit Clay said. 

Ganieva initially went public with allegations in her first lawsuit on March 17 with a series of tweets in which she said she was ‘bullied, manipulated, threatened, and coerced,’ and revealed the existence of the NDA.

She had created a Twitter accounted that month with Black’s own suit alleging that it had been ‘set up for the sole purpose of publishing the defamatory tweets.’ 

Black is seen with his wife Debra Black in 2017

Black is seen with his wife Debra Black in 2017 

‘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, claiming, ‘I am breaking my silence now because I do not want this type of predatory behavior to continue happening to other women.’ 

In an April statement referring to the first lawsuit, Black said, ‘Any allegation or any other inappropriate behavior towards her is completely fabricated.’

He went onto to claim, ‘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.’

Epstein, meanwhile, hanged himself in his prison cell in August 2019 as he was awaiting trial for underage sex trafficking.

His alleged madam Ghislaine Maxwell remains in a Brooklyn prison awaiting trial on charges she groomed underage girls for Epstein, and joined in during the sexual abuse.  



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