Luxury Manhattan magazine publisher Jason Binn has been arrested in New York City for allegedly molesting a girl under 17.
The founder and CEO of the glitzy magazine DuJour was charged with forcible touching intimate parts, endangering the welfare of a child and sexual abuse in the third degree.
According to the criminal complaint obtained by DailyMail.com, Binn is accused of touching the minor ‘for the purpose of [self-gratification]’ and without her consent.
The victim, a sixteen-year-old girl, alleged that Binn ‘placed his hand over her clothing and squeezed her buttocks,’ the document stated.
Binn, 54, is a father of two girls and one boy. He and his wife Haley separated in 2016, and sold their TriBeCa apartment for $10.75 million in 2017.
A source close to the case told DailyMail.com that Binn ‘maintains that he is innocent and will continue to fight these charges.’
Jason Binn, 47, leaving the Manhattan Criminal Court on Monday. He was arrested after allegedly molesting a girl under 17
Binn leaving the Manhattan Criminal Court on Monday afternoon. He was charged with forcible touching intimate parts and endangering a minor under 17
Binn at the Manhattan Criminal Court on Monday afternoon. His quarterly publication DuJour Magazine caters to a readership of clients who have a minimum net worth of $5million
Binn has owned properties in Tribeca, Aspen, Miami and Southampton where he is a fixture of the elite Hamptons cocktail party and celebrity scene
Binn has made luxury not only his lifestyle but his business. As founder and chairman of Niche Media, he has an estimated net worth of $50million and is the man behind an array of ’boutique’ magazines including Hamptons and Gotham.
Binn had previously founded and run Niche Media, the publisher of high-end magazines such as Gotham, Los Angeles Confidential, Aspen Peak, Ocean Drive, and Hamptons, to name just a few.
He 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 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.
Jason Binn, 47, (left) and his wife Haley in 2011, before the pair separated in 2016. He is the founder of and CEO of the high-profile magazine DuJour
Jason Binn (left) with Kim Kardashian and Greta Van Susteren at a Niche Media party in 2010
Jason Binn with Kanye West at a DuJour magazine event in Los Angeles in 2017
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 three days ago the prolific Instagram poster posted a picture of himself with a 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 finds himself allegedly on the wrong side of the law, last week he posted his praise for New York’s law enforcement and a video collaboration between civil rights activist Al Sharpton and New York’s long serving police commissioner, Ray Kelly.
In 2005 he was profiled in Forbes Magazine’s, ‘Forbes 400,’and was named Ernst and Young’s ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’
In 2010 Binn was appointed chairman of Niche the same year that he was appointed Chief Advisor to online luxury shopping company, Gilt
Jason Binn, the award winning ‘publishing legend,’ in the Manhattan Criminal Court on Monday
Today billed as a ‘publishing legend’ he 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.
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 including Hamptons Magazine, Capitol File, Gotham, Los Angeles Confidential, Aspen Peak and Michigan Avenue.
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.
Jason Binn (second from right) pictured with Donald Trump, and rock star Steven Tyler in 2008
Jason Binn and Ivanka Trump together at the Couture Jewelry Show in Las Vegas in 2014
Jason Binn and Beyonce Knowles at the Gotham Magazine annual gala in New York City, 2008
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 had to meet five of seven qualifications including an average net worth of $5 million and liquid assets of more than $1 million, average home values above $1.5 million, 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.
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 sky rocketed Binn’s private life foundered.
Jason Binn and Paris Hilton pictured getting close at a Niche Media event in Aspen, Colorado, in 2010
Jason Binn attending Authors Night at the East Hampton Library as a guest of Alex Baldwin in 2011
Jason Binn and DJ Khaled attending a party for the release of the album Family Ties by Fat Joe in Miami, 2019
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 had married Haley Liebermann, 46, who formerly worked in real estate, in December 2003 at a ceremony in Fontainebleau, Miami. Her parents Diane and Alan Lieberman own the South Beach Group Hotels in Miami.