Adult Survivors Act went into effect in New York this week and multiple survivors have filed lawsuits. One of the notable lawsuits is A struggling single mom who filed suit against Leon Black, alleging the billionaire raped her in Jeffrey Epstein’s Manhattan townhouse two decades ago, new court papers show.
“She recalls desperately yelling and screaming,” and she “tried to kick,” but “he was too strong,” the suit states, describing the alleged 2002 incident.
Victim Cheri Pierson claims the deceased pedophile organized for her and Billionaire Leon Black to meet at his Upper East Side mansion, where the legendary investor and former head of Apollo Global Management assaulted her, according to her Manhattan Supreme Court lawsuit.
Epstein said Black “helps people” and “implied that he may be able to financially ‘help’ Ms. Pierson” with a skincare product she was trying to sell, according to court documents.
Pierson — who says she was introduced to Epstein in 2000 by his ex-girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell and an unnamed Ukrainian woman — came forward publicly for the first time in the suit, filed under New York’s Adult Survivors Act.
Pierson’s attorney, Christensen, said that“thanks to the passage of the Adult Survivor’s Act, survivors of sexual violence like Ms. Pierson are able to seek the justice they deserve no matter how many years ago their trauma was suffered.”
“We look forward to holding Black and Epstein’s estate accountable for their appalling unlawful conduct as alleged in the complaint by our client,” she said in a statement.
Susan Estrich representing Mr.Black, stated in a statement that Pierson’s claims are “categorically false” and part of her efforts to “extort money from Mr. Black by threatening to destroy his reputation.”
Another woman, Guzel Ganieva, sued Black last year, accusing him of rape and defamation, according to court filings. The lawsuit is ongoing in New York County Supreme Court. Black said Ganieva’s claims are part of an “extortion scheme” or “extortion campaign,” according to court filings. Christensen is also Ganieva’s attorney.