Black’s spokesman had no immediate comment, and lawyers for Harris did not respond to requests for comment. Ganieva’s lawyer, Jeanne Christensen, said she was “extremely pleased” with the order. Ganieva sued Black in June 2021 in a New York state court, accusing him of defamation by falsely claiming she tried to extort him after accusing him of rape.
Black, 71, denied that the encounter occurred and said he and Ganieva had a consensual affair from about 2008 to 2014. Ganieva’s lawsuit remains pending.
In early 2021, Black resigned as Apollo’s chief executive and chairman after an independent review found he had paid sex offender Jeffrey Epstein $158 million for tax and estate planning. Black also faces another lawsuit claiming he raped another woman, Cheri Pierson, two decades ago in Epstein’s mansion in Manhattan. His lawyer has called that lawsuit “baseless.”