Actor Moshe Ivgy is being investigated on suspicion of sexually harassing several women, police announced yesterday.
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Last week, the media reported that six women had accused the actor of sexual harassment. Last night, Ivgy, 62, appeared as planned in a play at the ZOA House in Tel Aviv and was greeted with applause when he walked onstage for the first time.
“This isn’t an easy time for me and my family,” Ivgy said. “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.”
Earlier yesterday, the One of One organization, which combats sexual harassment, urged people not to buy tickets for any show in which Ivgy is performing. “We urge the public, women and men alike, not to pay money to watch someone whom six women have said sexually assaulted them,” the organization said on its Facebook page.
The Association of Rape Crisis Centers in Israel issued a press release yesterday urging the Haifa Theater, Ivgy’s employer, to suspend him immediately until all the allegations against him have been thoroughly investigated.
Ivgy is one of Israel’s best-known actors, having appeared in numerous films and theater productions.