A struggling single mother filed a lawsuit against Leon Black Monday, claiming the billionaire raped her at Jeffrey Epstein’s Manhattan townhouse two decades ago, new court filings show.
Cheri Pierson alleges the dead pedophile arranged for her and Black, 71, to meet at his Upper East Side mansion where the legendary investor and former head of Apollo Global Management assaulted them, according to her Supreme Court complaint Manhattan from Monday.
“She recalls screaming and screaming in desperation” and she “tried to kick” but “he was too strong,” reads the suit describing the alleged 2002 incident.
Pierson — who says she was introduced to Epstein in 2000 by his ex-girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell and an unnamed Ukrainian woman — first came forward in the lawsuit, which was filed under New York’s Adult Survivors Act.
When she was tied into Epstein’s orbit, Pierson was a single mom trying to start a skincare line and struggling to make ends meet. She was paid around $300 for each of the roughly five massages she gave Epstein at the East 71st Street townhouse — where he masturbated and asked her to perform oral sex on him, which she always refused, the lawsuit alleges.
Pierson then stopped seeing Epstein as he was “not happy” that she wouldn’t go further with him. But then, in 2002, she called him “in desperate need of money,” the filing says.
The well-connected financier had a messenger bring her a $300 card with the message “Compliments from Jeffrey Epstein.” Shortly after, Epstein called Pierson and said he wanted to introduce someone who could help her – and set up a meeting with Black, the lawsuit alleges.
Black showed up in a business suit and appeared intimately familiar with Epstein’s home, taking Pierson to the massage room and holding $300 for her, the lawsuit alleges.
The hulking, 6-foot-four, 300-pound black man reportedly stripped and insisted on giving her oral sex, which he did vigorously while holding her upside down with her legs over his shoulders, according to the suit noting that Pierson was much slimmer. weighs 125 pounds and is 5 feet 8 inches tall.
During the alleged rape, Black bit her, causing “excruciating pain,” court records say.
Afterward, when they were both outside, the former MOMA chairman said to her, “Black, my name is Leo Black,” before jumping into a town van and leaving, the lawsuit alleges.
Pierson says she experienced horrific vaginal swelling, tearing and bleeding, which she took the next few weeks to recover from. She was in pain and as a result had difficulty urinating, the lawsuit says.
Black contacted her several times after that, and she met with him twice — the first time she left shortly after out of fear and devastation, and the second time he gave her $5,000 in cash when she was at the bar of the St Regis Hotel, the lawsuit claims.
Black called her shortly after and said he wanted to see her again, and when Pierson asked why, he replied, “I just gave you $5,000!” according to the lawsuit.
Pierson claims Black dated women Epstein previously dated when they were minors, the lawsuit says.
But as the women got older, “Epstein just passed some of those women on to Black and probably other men,” the filing says.
“Black subsequently became sexually involved with these women, at least some of whom dated Epstein for years when they were minors.”
Pierson, who now lives in Virginia, is suing Black for sexual assault and other allegations. Her lawsuit also names Epstein’s estate, which she accuses of negligence. She is demanding unspecified damages.
Pierson was able to bring the case under the recently enacted Adult Survivors Act, which allows adult victims of sexual abuse to file a lawsuit for one year – regardless of whether the alleged incidents occurred outside the statute of limitations.
“Thanks to the passage of the Adult Survivor’s Act, survivors of sexual violence like our client Ms. Pierson can seek the justice they deserve, no matter how many years ago their trauma occurred,” Pierson’s attorney Jeanne Christensen said in a statement.
“We look forward to holding the Black and Epstein estate accountable for their appalling unlawful conduct, as alleged in our client’s complaint.”
Pierson’s allegations first surfaced in Russian model Guzel Ganieva’s own lawsuit, in which Ganieva alleges that Black was sexually violent towards her for years. Pierson was not named in the lawsuit, instead the incident was attributed to a “Jane Doe.”
Black has vehemently denied Ganieva’s claims.
Ganieva — and one Jane Doe mentioned in her lawsuit — have also submitted their allegations to the Manhattan Attorney’s Office, which has launched an investigation into Black, according to court documents filed in Ganieva’s case in October.
The prosecutor’s office declined to confirm or comment on the existence of an investigation against Black.
The same firm that represents Ganieva – Wigdor LLP – also represents Pierson.
Black’s attorney, Susan Estrich, said in a statement that Pierson’s claims were “categorically false” and were part of their effort to “extort money from Mr. Black by threatening to destroy his reputation.”
Estrich says Pierson and Ganieva’s suits are part of Wigdor’s efforts to launch a campaign of false and defamatory allegations against Black.
“We intend to refute these baseless allegations and to pursue all our legal remedies to hold the Wigdor company legally accountable for their abusive behavior and abuse of the courts,” Estrich said.
Attorneys for Epstein’s estate did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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