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Lawsuit accusing billionaire Leon Black of rape in Jeffrey Epstein’s mansion is dropped

The woman who accused billionaire Leon Black of raping her at disgraced financier and sex offender Jeffrey Epstein’s Manhattan mansion 20 years ago has concluded her lawsuit against the Apollo Global Management co-founder. Ta.

Cheri Pearson rejected her claims Thursday in a so-called cease-and-desist clause filed in New York state court in Manhattan.

The dismissal is with prejudice and means Mr Pearson cannot sue again or recover his costs. Black withdrew a related appeal on Friday.

Cheri Pearson has accused Apollo co-founder Leon Black of raping her 20 years ago. Reuters

Pearson’s attorney did not respond to a request for comment. Mr Black’s lawyer, Danya Perry, confirmed that Mr Pearson’s case had been dismissed.

Black’s lawyers rejected Pearson’s claims from the beginning as baseless. “I have never met Mr. Pearson,” Mr. Black said in a statement provided by a spokesperson Tuesday. “I have no further comment.”

Ms. Pearson alleged in her November 2022 complaint that in 2002, Epstein arranged for Ms. Black to receive a massage for $300.

She said Black, who was eight inches taller and more than twice her weight, physically overwhelmed her and subjected her to “excruciating pain.”

Ms. Pearson alleged in her November 2022 complaint that in 2002, Epstein arranged for Ms. Black to receive a massage for $300. AP

Mr. Black, 72, was worth $13.6 billion as of Tuesday, according to Forbes magazine.

He is still pursuing a malicious prosecution case against Wigdor Law Firm, which represented Pearson and two other women who allege Black raped them, which he denies.

A lawsuit filed by one of the women, former Russian model Guzel Ganieva, was dismissed last May, but a lawsuit filed by an autistic woman who chose to remain anonymous is still pending.

Mr. Black left private equity firm Apollo in 2021 after an investigation by an outside law firm found that he had paid Mr. Epstein $158 million for tax and estate planning purposes.

Epstein’s former residence on New York City’s Upper East Side. christopher sadowski

The company also reached a $62.5 million settlement with the U.S. Virgin Islands, where Epstein had a home, to avoid potential litigation.

Epstein died by suicide in August 2019 while awaiting trial for sex trafficking.

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