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Leon Black’s surprise exit from the helm of Apollo Global Management last month came just days after several directors on the private-equity giant’s board learned of accusations of sexual harassment against him by a woman he claimed was trying to shake him down following a past “consensual affair,” The Post has learned. Black was already on track to step down as Apollo CEO by the end of July when he unexpectedly announced on March 22 that he would be leaving as CEO and Chairman, effective immediately. Black — who Apollo earlier this year revealed had paid millions to dead pedophile financier Jeffrey Epstein following the latter’s 2008 convictions for procuring an underage girl for prostitution — cited his wife’s ailing health and his own health problems for the sudden change in plans. Neither Black nor Apollo mentioned at the time that days leading up to the resignation at least four of Apollo’s 12 board members had become aware of a series of little-noticed but explosive tweets by Güzel Ganieva, a former model who claimed to have been “forced to sign an NDA in 2015” relating to allegations that Black “sexually harassed and abused ” her, according to sources close to the situation.
My Pillow guy Mike Lindell claims that “bots and trolls” are behind a popular petition urging major retailers to cut ties with his company — and he’s hired private eyes to prove it. In an interview with The Post, Lindell blasted as fake a Change.org petition that’s racked up about 105,000 signatures demanding Amazon, Walmart and Costco stop selling his My Pillow products over Lindell’s continued efforts to sow doubts over Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 presidential election. “This petition was put up by companies that are full of bots and trolls,” Lindell told The Post on Wednesday. “All they’ve done is attack retailers. These are hired groups to attack retailers.” Asked what evidence he has for his claims, Lindell admitted he’s still trying to dig that up. He pointed instead to Facebook profiles with “zero friends” that have left negative comments on pages belonging to “retailers that were attacked before.” “I’ve hired investigators out of my own pocket, huge companies to investigate who’s behind these because somebody ordered these attacks,” the embattled CEO said. “Change.org, they’re probably another attack group. We’re gonna find out who’s doing this to our country.” Change.org, an online petition company with 400 million
Broadcasters in China have reportedly scrubbed Western clothing brands’ logos from their shows as the retailers caught flak for their concerns about forced labor in the Xinjiang region. Chinese TV networks are scrambling to blur out the logos of Nike, Adidas and other companies facing public backlash for their reluctance to use cotton from Xinjiang, where China has been accused of oppressing Uyghur Muslims, reports say. The censorship campaign has led to delays in some broadcasts as editors rushed to obscure logos that are frequently worn on popular reality shows, according to the BBC. Contestants on a recent episode of the singing competition show “Youth With You” were decked out in Adidas track pants, T-shirts and shell-toed sneakers — all of which had the brand’s iconic three-stripe logo blurred out, Insider reported. The production company behind the show said on March 25 that an episode would be delayed — and two days later viewers discovered that more than 50 people’s shirts had been blurred, the BBC says. Chinese TV networks are blurring out the logos of Nike, Adidas and other companies facing public backlash for their reluctance to use cotton from Xinjiang, where China is accused of oppressing Uyghur MuslimsVCG