Veteran Israeli journalist Emmanuel Rosen will likely be indicted for sexual harassment but not charged with rape, according to a senior police official.
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The police in recent weeks have been collecting evidence against Rosen – who took a leave of absence from the Channel 10 television station in late April – and have spoken to dozens of women. Most of the women worked with Rosen at various media outlets and described him subjecting them to indecent acts and obsessive harassment.
The police investigation was launched in early May and is being headed by the National Fraud Investigations Unit. All of the reported incidents took place a number of years ago, and while a number of media reports seemingly linked Rosen to cases of rape or attempted rape, the police have yet to receive any reports of such crimes.The police initially estimated more women would come forward, said the official.
The first complaints against Rosen by his former female coworkers were revealed by a Haaretz investigation over a month ago. More than 10 women told similar stories of harassment, and senior members of the media confirmed they had been familiar with the pattern of behavior for many years.
In addition to the women, police questioned Rosen's employers at the Channel 2 offices in Neve Ilan: Avi Weiss, the chief executive; Keren Marciano, a journalist and the station's ombudsman who oversees implementation of the anti-sexual harassment law, and Gadi Sukenik, a journalist. They said Rosen was fired three years ago for "improper conduct toward a female junior employee," after she complained that he harassed her. She refused to go to the police and did not file a complaint with the station, but an internal committee headed by Marciano decided to terminate his employment, they said.
Following the announcement that he was taking a leave of absence, Rosen denied the allegations against him, calling them a 10-year "smear campaign" and a "witch hunt." He has not been seen or heard from since but has hired two attorneys, Yaron London and Lior Epstein, and a media adviser, Ronen Moshe, who worked for Yisrael Beiteinu in the most recent election.
Meanwhile, the police investigation against another Channel 10 journalist, Sharon Gal, will most likely be closed without criminal charges being filed.
Coworkers accused Gal, a television presenter, of publicizing an embarrassing photograph of a colleague, among other things.
In the photograph case, Gal used an intimate image the colleague had posted on a social networking website to publicly embarrass him. But the police said the employee had put himself in a position to be embarrassed and that there was no evidence Gal had broken the law. A senior police official said the investigation should be wrapped up within a few days.