Actor Moshe Ivgy in House Arrest Over Sexual Harassment Accusations

Fellow actress at Haifa theater had warned she would sue it after initial complaint allegedly mishandled.

Actor Moshe Ivgy on stage, February 7, 2016.
Moti Milrod

Actor Moshe Ivgy was questioned by police on Tuesday concerning accusations of sexual harassment and indecent acts.

After the questioning, he was released to five days house arrest.

Ivgy arrived secretly at the offices of the Lahav 433 investigative unit in the morning to avoid photographers. 

The investigation is focusing apparently on the matter of a woman who used to work at the Haifa Theater who filed a criminal complaint against Ivgy for performing indecent acts on her. Ivgy, 62, works for the Haifa Theater, but was suspended after the accusations became public.

Channel 10 exposed the affair, reporting the woman had also warned the theater she would sue for not taking action against Ivgy after she complained of sexual harassment by him two years ago and theater management did not handle the complaint properly.

In a hearing held at the time, Ivgy apologized to the woman over the “misunderstanding,” and the theater said the inquiry “ended to the employee’s satisfaction.” She was transferred to work in another of the theater’s plays.

Later, the Walla website and Channels 2 and 10 reported that six women claimed the actor had sexually harassed them. “This is not an easy time for me and my family,” Ivgy said at the time. “I have respect for every human being because he is a human being, for every man and woman I’ve worked with in the past or in the present. I’ve never intentionally tried to hurt anyone.”

One actress told Walla that Ivgy had harassed her 10 years ago when she was in her late 20s. She said he often touched women he worked with on the play on the chest. “And then, after a month of the production, while everyone was still parting at the end of the day in a rather routine manner, he came to say goodbye to me and before I managed to understand what was happening, I felt his tongue pushing aggressively into my mouth... I pushed him away from me roughly and quite quickly we each uncomfortably went our own way.” 

After the media reported the matter, Ivgy said he was taking a break from all his theatrical work. Ivgy is one of Israel’s best-known actors, having appeared in numerous films and theater productions.