Luxury magazine editor Jason Binn has professed his innocence and claimed that he has been ‘wrongly accused’ of molesting a 16-year-old girl.
Binn, 54, was arrested and charged Monday with forcible touching of intimate parts, endangering the welfare of a child and sexual abuse in the third degree.
Now, speaking exclusively to DailyMail.com and for the first time since the charges were brought, the founder and CEO of the glitzy magazine DuJour has vehemently denied any wrongdoing and said that he is the victim of false allegations.
‘Any of us can become victims. I was directly affected by vindictive behavior and was wrongfully accused,’ Binn said Wednesday.
He claimed the allegations were made as, ‘a direct result of a bitter divorce and custody battle spanning more than seven years.’
The New York-based publisher split from his wife Haley in 2016 after 13 years of marriage.
The couple sold their TriBeCa apartment the following year for $10.75million. They have two daughters and a son.
Magazine publisher Jason Binn, 54, claims he has been ‘wrongly accused’ of molesting a 16-year-old girl, following his arrest in New York Monday
Binn, pictured during his arraignment in Manhattan Criminal Court, broke his silence in an interview with DailyMail.com, claiming he is a victim of ‘false accusations’ and ‘vindictive behavior’
The New York entrepreneur, pictured leaving court with a black face mask, pleaded not guilty to the charges and says he will continue defending his innocence
The New York entrepreneur was previously married to wife Haley Liebermann, 46, who formerly worked in real estate. The two split in 2016 after 13 years of marriage
In the criminal complaint obtained by DailyMail.com, Binn is accused of touching a minor girl, ‘for the purpose of [self-gratification] and without her consent.’
According to the document, the 16-year-old victim alleged that Binn,’placed his hand over her clothing and squeezed her buttocks.’
Binn told DailyMail.com: ‘I have pleaded not guilty and look forward to being vindicated in court.’
And he revealed that shocked family members have reached out to him since news of the charges broke to express bemusement and offer their support.
For his part, Binn said, he is focused on having the claims which he described as ‘meritless’ dismissed.
‘I ask for privacy for myself and my family during this sensitive as I work to defend my innocence and discard the meritless claims made against me,’ he added.
Binn appeared in Manhattan Criminal Court Monday afternoon after being charged at New York Police Department’s 5th precinct.
He wore a black face mask throughout the proceedings and appeared to avoid having his picture taken by court photographers.
He was released and made a swift getaway from the court still wearing the mask.
Criminal defense attorney Gerry Lefcourt who is now representing Binn told DailyMail.com, ‘We have pleaded not guilty and look forward to being vindicated in court.’
Over the years Binn has made luxury not only his lifestyle but his business. He is worth an estimated $50million and is the man who ushered an array of boutique magazines into existence.
Binn founded Niche Media, the former publisher of high-end magazines such as Gotham, Los Angeles Confidential, Aspen Peak, Ocean Drive, and Hamptons, to name just a few.
Binn has claimed the allegations leveled against him were made as ‘a direct result of a bitter divorce and custody battle spanning more than seven years’. He and Haley have two daughters and a son
The father-of-three was charged with forcible touching of intimate parts, endangering the welfare of a child and sexual abuse in the third degree
Binn has owned properties in Tribeca, Aspen, Miami and Southampton where he is a fixture of the elite Hamptons cocktail party and celebrity scene
He has owned properties in the Tribeca district of Manhattan, Aspen, Miami and Southampton where he is a fixture of the elite Hamptons cocktail party and celebrity scene.
He has been a guest at Kris Jenner’s birthday parties, posing for pictures with Kanye West and Kim Kardashian.
He has rubbed shoulders with Chrissy Teigen and John Legend, and he has partied with Lenny Kravitz and Lionel Ritchie in Miami’s Art Basel.
On more low-key evenings in the Hamptons, the 54-year-old spends time with Christie Brinkley and has painted himself a homebody, in bed by 10pm.
Just last week the prolific Instagram user posted a picture of himself with smiling Katie Holmes, captioning it, ‘all dressed up and places to go. Great shoot – amazing day.’
The day before he was posting pictures of himself with renowned restaurateur Giuseppe Cipriani and boasting of their 40-year friendship after meeting through their respective parents.
Ironically for the man who now is now allegedly on the wrong side of the law, he last week posted his praise for New York’s law enforcement and a video collaboration between civil rights activist Al Sharpton and New York’s former long serving police commissioner, Ray Kelly.
Today billed as a ‘publishing legend’, Binn began his publishing career at advertising agency D’Arcy Masius Benton and Bowles at the age 23 having graduated early and magnum cum laude from Boston University’s College of Communications.
Binn, who founded luxury lifestyle publishing brand DuJour in 2012, has become a prominent member of the celebrity scene and just last Friday had shared a photo of himself alongside smiling Katie Holmes following a shoot
The media executive is often seen posing with celebrity friends. He is pictured with Kanye West and Kim Kardashian at a DuJour Magazine event in Miami Beach in December 2013
Binn, who is worth an estimated $50million, has also been guest at Kris Jenner’s birthday parties, posing for photos with the Kardashian clan
In 1992 he moved to Miami and founded Ocean Drive Magazine. Six years later in 1998 he founded Niche and a slew of other haute society titles followed.
In 2005 he was profiled in Forbes Magazine’s, ‘Forbes 400,’ and was named Ernst and Young’s ‘Entrepreneur of the Year.’
Two years later he was the only media member inducted into the American Advertising Federation’s ‘Advertising Hall of Achievement’ and in 2008 he was listed in Crain’s ’40 Under 40′ list of successful entrepreneurs.
In 2010 he was appointed chairman of Niche the same year that he was appointed Chief Advisor to online luxury shopping company, Gilt.
His quarterly publication DuJour Magazine unashamedly caters to a readership of clients who have a minimum net worth of $5million.
In order to receive a copy of the magazine, one has to meet five of seven qualifications.
Subscribers are required to have an average net worth of $5million and liquid assets of more than $1million, average home values above $1.5million, average income of more than $250,000, annual offline luxury purchases of more than $100,000 or annual online purchases, and philanthropic donations respectively totaling more than $10,000.
Binn’s quarterly publication DuJour Magazine caters to a readership of clients who have a minimum net worth of $5million. He is pictured with left with Beyoncé in 2008 and posing with Rihanna at the MTV VMAs in 2013, right
Binn and DJ Khaled attending a party for the release of the album Family Ties by Fat Joe in Miami, 2019
Binn and Ivanka Trump together at the Couture Jewelry Show in Las Vegas in 2014
Profiled by Forbes last August the magazine praised Binn for his ability to network, singling out his focus on ‘connections’ as lying at the heart of his success that saw his company grow from just five employees in 1992 to over 300.
But while his professional fortunes skyrocketed Binn’s private life foundered.
In the first edition of DuJour he wrote: ‘Without the love and support of my wife Haley, and my children, what you are about to see on these pages would not be possible. They are my partners for life.’
But it didn’t work out that way and the couple quietly split in 2016 with neither commenting on the reasons.
Binn married Haley Liebermann, now 46, in December 2003 at a ceremony at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach.
Her parents Diane and Alan Lieberman own the South Beach Group Hotels in Miami.