The family of the woman who accused billionaire investor Leon Black of raping her as a teenager at Jeffrey Epstein’s Manhattan mansion two decades ago have said they believe the woman is lying — not just about the alleged rape, but also in relation to her claim she has autism, according to court filings filed by Black’s attorneys.
The woman — identified only as “Jane Doe” in court documents — filed a lawsuit in federal court in Manhattan last month, alleging she was just 16 when Black, then 51, found her in 2002 at Epstein’s Upper East Side townhouse held and abused with sex toys, causing her to bleed.
Black’s legal team, which has dismissed the allegations as an attempt to “unnecessarily defame” his name, claimed to have learned the identity of the woman – who Black claims he never met – and therefore claimed that she learned the woman’s identity, according to filings filed with federal court in Manhattan on Monday.
The most recent file, which alleges that Black’s investigators “spoke to numerous witnesses, including close and extended family members,” alleges that Doe does not in fact have autism or Down Syndrome, but instead has a borderline personality disorder. personality disorder was diagnosed.
“The plaintiff became aware of these behaviors, investigated them, and in her 20s began to intentionally exhibit them to portray herself as a person with autism,” according to the court documents, which noted that Doe avoided eye contact as she “found that people with autism don’t look other people in the eye.
“She had never been flaunted before [the behavior]’ the documents added.
Jeanne Christensen, a partner at Wigdor Law who represents Jane Doe, denied the allegations in Black’s filing on Monday.
“Black hopes to draw our attention to defending ourselves against unsubstantiated claims so that his private investigators can continue to harass and threaten our clients who have dared to publicly display his sexual violence,” Christensen said in a statement.
According to documents filed by Black’s lawyers on Monday, Doe’s relatives have also reportedly admitted that she “has used a number of different names and personas and has a history of making up alternate realities” – a result of her diagnosis of personality disorder.
In addition, to defend Black against the so-called “unsubstantiated allegations” against him, his legal counsel at Perry Law, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan and Estrich Goldin, alleged that Doe recently “posted on social media that she had been molested by Jeffrey Epstein “.
However, according to the filing, she “never made such allegations before.” Her family told her they didn’t believe this was true, and she deleted the posts.”
The unidentified woman claims she was trafficked by Epstein and his longtime girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell after meeting the dissolute couple at an “adult party” she attended aged 15 with her allegedly abusive cheerleading coach.
However, Doe only “entered a county cheerleading program when she was in high school — and not, as claimed, when she was 15,” according to the latest filing from Black’s attorneys.
It was also noted that the program “did not include overnight travel” and was only open to high school students. According to the file, if Doe had been a member of the group as a high school senior, she would have been around 18 years old.
The latest court request came in response to Doe’s request to remain anonymous, filed in US District Court on Friday, accusing Black of “putting a large SUV in front of the plaintiff’s home to harass and intimidate Ms. Doe,” just two Days after she filed her lawsuit on July 27.
“It had nothing to do with Mr. Black,” the most recent filing reads. Investigators, led by “83-year-old decorated Army veteran” Carlos Melendez, only began working on Black’s behalf on August 7.
According to court documents, investigators first spoke to Doe’s father in the early afternoon before making an appointment to meet with her mother later in the day.
The filing alleges investigators went to lunch before meeting Doe’s mother, which resulted in them being late for the appointment.
“They brought dessert over as a courtesy and apologized for ‘keeping the lady waiting,'” Black’s attorneys said.
However, Doe claimed that her parents were visited by two men claiming to be Florida fraud investigators, according to the request for anonymous procedure obtained by the Post.
They popped in “pathetically” with cheesecake in hand in hopes of being invited, the filing says.
The July filing said investigators revealed they had photos of Doe’s minor child while peppering her parents with questions about Doe’s childhood and medical history.
Doe claimed that her parents, aunt and close friends were contacted by the same investigators who reportedly worked with the firm SIC Inc., according to Doe’s attorney Christensen’s file at Wigdor Law.
According to SIC’s websiteMelendez founded SIC in 1984.
After responding to Doe’s request to remain anonymous, Black filed a lawsuit against Wigdor for “filing three separate, high-profile lawsuits that he knew or should have known to be false.”
The filing is Black’s second complaint against Wigdor.
Black won a previous lawsuit in May against Wigdor client Guzel Ganieva, who made similar allegations when a New York state judge dismissed Wigdor’s allegations that Black defamed her by falsely claiming she tried to blackmail him after she had accused him of raping.
“Since Leon has just sued us again to deviate from his own heinous behavior, I have to deal with this now,” Christensen told The Post.
“Leon Black’s recent attempt to divert public attention from his own despicable behavior by suing lawyers representing the women he has victimized is appalling. We are undeterred by such obvious tactics and are confident he will be held accountable,” she added.
Doe has still insisted that she attended the party as an underage cheerleader, with Maxwell poking fun at her “beautiful bright blue eyes, blonde hair and perfect hair,” which she likes like a living “doll,” according to the lawsuit filed in July “ look like.
She reportedly met Black a year later, having already visited Epstein’s infamous pedophile island in the US Virgin Islands, his Palm Beach mansion and his Manhattan apartment, where she was forced to “sexually massage” the creep and later his friends “. the suit.
“In 2002, Jeffrey Epstein performed a handoff on his close friend Leon Black at his Manhattan townhouse at 9 East 71st,” the filing reads.
“But what went straight from Jeffrey Epstein’s hands into Black’s hands was a person – not a ball.”
The woman claims Epstein told her Black was “important” and a “special friend” to him – though she recalls thinking he thought the former Apollo CEO, who is now worth $10.1 million is what a “Beast” looked like, the lawsuit states.
She claims she was ordered to strip naked and gave Black the same massages as Epstein. Instead, Black forcibly picked her up and threw her onto the massage table, the lawsuit alleges.
“She tried to scream, but Black put his hand over her mouth and leaned over her while he ripped her shirt off and her underwear under her skirt,” the filing reads.
“The plaintiff was crying and afraid. Black repeatedly asked her what made her “Jeffrey’s special girl” and used demeaning, shameful and vile nicknames throughout the attack.”
When the girl tried to fight back, Black allegedly threw her on the floor and threw her against the walls, the lawsuit says.
Epstein found her crying on the floor but refused to take her to the doctor, instead claiming Maxwell would “take care of her” – only to then put her on a plane home, the filing said.