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Leon Black Regrets Giving Jeffrey Epstein ‘a Second Chance’ (2)

Oct. 29, 2020, 6:06 PM

Apollo Global Management Inc. co-founder Leon Black said he regretted doing business with sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, even though other prominent people had done the same.

“Like many people I respected, I decided to give Epstein a second chance,” Black said Thursday during a conference call to discuss Apollo’s third-quarter results. “This was a terrible mistake.”

Leon Black
Photographer: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg

Apollo has faced mounting pressure over Black’s relationship with Epstein, who was convicted in 2008 for soliciting prostitution from a teenage girl and killed himself in a Manhattan jail last year.

Black, 69, said he paid Epstein millions of dollars annually ...