Ashdod Deputy Mayor Suspended Over Sexual Harassment Accusations

Police confirm a complaint had been filed, but say it relates to an incident that happened several years ago.

Ashdod Deputy Mayor Leon Benlolo was placed on indefinite leave on Wednesday after a city employee accused him of sexually harassing her.

"A worker who sought medical assistance mentioned the alleged sexual harassment by the deputy mayor during her treatment," the municipality said in a statement to a local paper, Hashavua B'Ashdod.

"In light of her complaint, the official in charge of preventing sexual harassment in the city began an investigation of the case, and upon receipt of the investigation's conclusions the municipality filed a complaint against Benlolo with the Israel Police."

No comment

Police confirmed that a complaint has been filed, but said it relates to an incident that happened several years ago. Benlolo could not be reached for comment last night.

Benlolo, the brother of former Likud MK Daniel Benlolo, was head of the Likud grouping in the Histadrut labor federation before losing to a challenger in January.

In May of last year Benlolo was one of many incumbent and former senior officials in the trade union umbrella organization who were summoned to a hearing with prosecutors ahead of a possible indictment on bribery charges. The case is still pending.

Two months ago three Ashdod council members, including Deputy Mayor Amram Knafo, were arrested on suspicion of taking bribes in exchange for advancing various real estate projects.

Two prominent local contractors were also arrested.

The councilmen were permitted to return to work.