Ex-Apollo Global Management CEO Leon Black defamed the woman accusing him of sexual abuse by claiming she extorted him and that their relationship was consensual, a new lawsuit alleges.
The billionaire and co-founder of the private equity giant stepped down from his position March 22, just days after members of the company board discovered accusatory tweets by Güzel Ganieva.
“I was sexually harassed and abused by [Black] for years,” Ganieva tweeted on March 17. “I was forced to sign an [non-disclosure agreement] in 2015.”
Black claimed at the time that his decision to step down from Apollo was unrelated to Ganieva’s claims. He went on to say he was allegedly being “extorted” by Ganieva and added that he had been paying her money to save his family from any embarrassment if she ever decided to make good on her threats to go public.
But Ganieva denied the allegations and accused Black of threatening her by saying “if she did