It might be that the typical patron of Huddle Home or Perkins Restaurant & Bakery, a pair of chains specializing in hearty breakfasts at greater than 600 areas throughout the US has by no means heard of Leon Black.
However Black occurs to be the proprietor of each family-dining chains by way of his funding agency, Elysium Management. He’s additionally a New York billionaire who grabbed headlines this spring when he left the helm of Apollo World Administration amid controversy over his ties to the late pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
It additionally would be the case that Michael Abt, the chief govt of the 2 chains, was assuming on Might 26 when he wrote a letter to franchisees — titled “The Proper Method Is the Solely Method” — that none of them had been studying the papers lately. Or, at the very least, that’s the most effective some franchisees can guess.
That’s as a result of Abt’s letter, a prolonged meditation on “integrity” that tackles all the things from horse-doping on the Kentucky Derby to the New England Patriots’ “Deflategate” scandal, additionally cites the instance of Epstein.
“Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein and Wall Avenue financier Jeffrey Epstein used their huge wealth and business sway to lure younger women and girls into lurid conditions in change for money or favors,” Abt writes. “One is lifeless and the opposite is locked up for all times.”
Nowhere in his 1,490-word missive does Abt point out the truth that the proprietor of Huddle Home and Perkins has lately been ensnared in a stink over his ties to Epstein — a large number throughout which he has not solely stepped down from the highest job at Apollo but in addition his seat as chairman of the Museum of Modern Art.
In March, Black had been busy explaining why he shelled out $158 million to Epstein for tax- and estate-planning companies when an ex-Russian mannequin, Guzel Ganieva, unleashed an explosive collection of tweets saying she was “sexually harassed and abused” by Black for years.
Black denied her claims, saying the pair had a “consensual affair.”
In response, Ganieva filed a defamation suit in opposition to Black this month through which she detailed graphic rape allegations relationship again to 2014.
“Ms. Ganieva’s allegations of harassment and different inappropriate conduct are categorically unfaithful,” Black stated on the time. “This frivolous lawsuit is riddled with lies, and is nothing greater than a wholesale fiction.”
Regardless of the final result of that case, some franchisees on the Huddle Home and Perkins want their CEO would simply get again to the bacon, eggs and pancakes.
“Maybe an organization owned by Black’s Elysium Administration ought to chorus from espousing opinions regarding social points and deal with enterprise,” one Huddle Home franchisee stated.
The businesses declined to remark.