Israeli Singer Eyal Golan Unlikely to Be Charged in Underage Sex Scandal

Focus in case shifts toward two figures in Golan's production company.

Police have decided not to extend the remand of singer Eyal Golan who was arrested over a week ago in connection with a sex scandal involving underage girls and had been under house arrest until Sunday.

He was released from house arrest along with public relations man Oded Moyal and a media personality whose identity is being protected by gag order.

Golan’s father Danny Biton and associateTzachi Asulin, an assistant and manager in Golan’s production company, have had their remands extended by another four days . Once the two are released from police custody, they will be placed under house arrest.

The investigation into what police suspect is a case of using the superstar’s celebrity to have sex with underage girls, is coming to a close.

Prosecutors are unlikely to file an indictment against Golan, but charges are expected against Biton and Asulin, who police believe were the dominant figures in the affair. Evidence including a testimony from one of the girls who said she told Biton she was late for school, raises suspicions he knew she was a minor.

Police accused Asulin during a recent court hearing of having sex several times with one of the minors who was a his relative. He took advantage of her by promising to arrange a meet with Golan, acording to suspicions.

Several of the suspects in the case were brought in to face the minors in a joint interrogation. In the case of Golan, the police decided not hold a face-to-face interrogation, because they thought that the minors, who are fans of the singer, would not cooperate.

A meeting between one of the minors and Biton in police presence on Saturday was cut short when the minor admitted she had lied in her statement, then got up and left the room.

On Saturday, singer Omer Adam delivered a statement to the police. Adam, police had learned, attended a party at the home of the unnamed media man and another party at Golan’s home. Adam was not accused of having sex with any of the minors but rather was asked to recount what he had seen at the events.

The Tel Aviv Police Central Unit said that though they are having a hard time building cases against those involved, the charges were grave and that they are still gathering information in the investigation. All the girls testified to having sex with Golan. He does not deny that sex happened, but only that he had no knowledge of their true age. The suspects in the case say they thought they were getting involved with 20-year-old women who had previously worked at a strip club.

A police official said on Sunday the investigation “was looking into the suspicions” the minors had sex with other people not yet implicated in the scandal.

Daniel Bar-On