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Leon Black Reveals Intimate Details in Denial of Sexual Assault

Last month she filed a lawsuit against the famed dealmaker, who’s worth more than $11 billion, seeking unspecified damages and alleging defamation and gender-motivated violence.

At the center of the argument is an incident that allegedly took place on July 6, 2014. Ganieva, in her lawsuit, described a rape where in the days prior she was so sick she could barely walk, and then Black forced her to have sex against her will.

Black disputes this. He alleges that Ganieva told him she was ill but then wrote to him on July 2, saying she was feeling “much better.” She reached out again on the day of July 6, he claims, saying: “This is love. I need you…” Black told her he was on his way back to New York City. Can I “come over and tuck you in at 10:30?” he asked. By his account, she agreed, asking him to bring a bottle of wine.

The next morning, Black said he received another message from Ganieva: “Good morning. It was very nice to see you last night. I already feel better….I love you and thank you!!! Xoxoxoxoxo and more love.”

In Ganieva’s lawsuit, she said that after the assault, she took her son and left New York to “physically distance herself from Black.”

He told a different story, claiming her student visa had expired and she needed to leave the country. His filing says that on the day she departed, Black’s birthday, she sent him flowers and texted from the plane: “I love you and miss you already.”

Ganieva’s lawsuit argues that Black is borrowing from the playbook of powerful men like Harvey Weinstein or Bill O’Reilly, in claiming he’s being blackmailed. In April, Black made statements to media, including Bloomberg, that she was extorting him. Those statements against her could impact her ability to get a job, or have future relationships, according to her complaint.

For Black, he’s confessing to the world how he gave a much younger woman millions of dollars during their affair and after to keep it quiet — in an attempt to deny accusations of abuse. He also says in his counterclaim that he wants to find out whether Ganieva is acting alone, or is working with someone who “might wish” the private equity titan ill.

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