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Celebrity magazine editor Jason Binn, 54, is allowed to grope teenage parent

Celebrity magazine editor Jason Binn was cleared of all charges against him in June when he was accused of sexually assaulting an underage female relative.

Binn, 54, was arrested in June for allegedly groping a 16-year-old girl’s butt after a family dinner at fancy New York restaurant Cipriani on Valentine’s Day last winter.

The founder and CEO of the glitzy DuJour magazine was charged with forcible touching of private parts, endangering the welfare of a child and third degree sexual abuse.

While the New York District Attorney’s Office dropped the charges, Binn said the allegations were fabricated by his estranged wife, Haley Lieberman Binn, amid their bitter divorce battle.

“I hope no one ever has to go through this nightmare,” Binn told Page Six.

Binn and Lieberman separated in 2016 after 12 years of marriage and began divorce proceedings in 2020. The two have two daughters and a son together.

“As for the future of my relationship with my children, I will continue to be the best and most loving father a man can be,” Binn said.

Celebrity magazine editor Jason Binn has been cleared of all charges after he was accused of sexually assaulting an underage female relative

After being exonerated, Binn said the allegations were fabricated by his estranged wife, Haley Lieberman Binn, amid their bitter divorce battle.

According to the June criminal complaint obtained by DailyMail.com, Binn was accused of touching the minor “for the purpose of [self-gratification]’ and without his consent, and said the victim alleged that Binn ‘placed his hand on his clothes and squeezed his buttocks’.

Photos from his arraignment showed Binn – usually clean cut and smartly dressed – disheveled with his shirt off as he read his charges in Manhattan criminal court.

Binn has vehemently denied the charges, with her lawyer calling them part of the nasty divorce.

“This is unfortunately the final chapter in a long and bitter divorce process,” Binn’s attorney Valentina Shaknes said after his arrest.

Binn in Manhattan Criminal Court in June after being charged with groping a minor

Binn in Manhattan Criminal Court in June after being charged with groping a minor

Binn maintained his innocence after his arrest in June, and his attorney said the charges are part of an ongoing divorce battle.

Binn maintained his innocence after his arrest in June, and his attorney said the charges are part of an ongoing divorce battle.

Binn has made luxury not only his lifestyle but also his business. As the founder and chairman of Niche Media, he has an estimated net worth of $50 million and is the man behind an array of “boutique” magazines, including Hamptons and Gotham.

Binn previously founded and ran Niche Media, the former publisher of high-end magazines such as Los Angeles Confidential, Aspen Peak, Ocean Drive, Gotham and Hamptons, to name a few.

He has owned properties in Tribeca, Aspen, Miami and Southampton where he is part of the Hamptons’ cocktail elite and celebrity scene.

He was invited to Kris Jenner’s birthday parties, posing for photos with Kanye West and Kim Kardashian. He rubbed shoulders with Chrissy Teigen and John Legend, and partied with Lenny Kravitz and Lionel Ritchie at Art Basel in Miami.

The luxury magazine publisher with Kim Kardashian and at a Niche Media party in 2010

The luxury magazine publisher with Kim Kardashian and at a Niche Media party in 2010

Jason Binn with Kanye West at a DuJour magazine event in Los Angeles in 2017

Jason Binn with Kanye West at a DuJour magazine event in Los Angeles in 2017

Now billed as a “publishing legend,” he began his career at the D’Arcy advertising agency Masius Benton and Bowles at the age of 23 after graduating early and magnum cum laude from the College of Boston University Communications.

In 1992, he moved to Miami and founded Ocean Drive Magazine. Six years later, in 1998, he founded Niche and a host of other high society titles followed, including Hamptons Magazine, Capitol File, Gotham, Los Angeles Confidential, Aspen Peak and Michigan Avenue.

In 2005, he was featured in Forbes magazine, “Forbes 400”, and was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst and Young.

Two years later, he was the only member of the media to be inducted into the American Advertising Federation’s “Advertising Hall of Achievement” and in 2008 he was named to Crain’s “40 Under 40” list of successful entrepreneurs.

In 2010, he was named chairman of Niche the same year he was named chief advisor to luxury online shopping company, Gilt.

Jason Binn (second from right) pictured with Donald Trump and rock star Steven Tyler in 2008

Jason Binn (second from right) pictured with Donald Trump and rock star Steven Tyler in 2008

Jason Binn and Beyonce Knowles at the Gotham Magazine annual gala in New York in 2008

Jason Binn and Beyonce Knowles at the Gotham Magazine annual gala in New York in 2008

His quarterly publication DuJour Magazine unashamedly caters to a readership of clients who have a minimum net worth of $5 million.

To receive a copy of the magazine, one had to meet five of seven criteria, including an average net worth of $5 million and liquid assets of more than $1 million, an average home value of more than $1.5 million , an average income of more than $250,000, an annual income from offline luxury purchases of more than $100,000 or annual online purchases and philanthropic donations totaling more than $10,000 respectively.

Featured by Forbes last August, the magazine praised Binn for his ability to network, noting that a focus on “connections” was central to his success which has seen his company grow from just five employees to 1992 to over 300.

But as his professional fortune soared, Binn’s private life sank.

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 separated in 2016 without any comment on the reasons. Binn had married Haley Liebermann, 46, who previously worked in real estate, in December 2003 in a ceremony in Fontainebleau, Miami. His parents, Diane and Alan Lieberman, own the South Beach Group Hotels in Miami.