Rape Charges Won’t Be Filed in Tel Aviv ‘Sex Video’ Case

A video of the incident at Allenby 40 nightclub made headlines last October, but sources within DA say videos 'did not substantiate the suspicions of rape.'

Aviad Herman

Prosecutors will not be filing rape charges in the alleged gang rape of an intoxicated woman at a Tel Aviv nightclub last summer.

A video of the incident at the Allenby 40 nightclub made headlines last October after it was posted on social media and then broadcast on TV.

Sources at the Tel Aviv District Attorney’s Office involved in the case said the videos that “documented the events at the club that night did not substantiate the suspicions of rape.”

David Bachar

The prosecutors’ examinations also did not substantiate the suspicions of publicizing pornographic material. Charges will be filed, the sources said, but for far less serious violations than first thought when the prosecution investigation began.

The woman told police last summer that the sex was consensual, but later said she could not have resisted because she was under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

Investigators questioned various people who were at the club that night under caution on suspicion of rape, withholding assistance and publicizing pornographic material. The more evidence that accumulated, though, the clearer it became that rape could not be proved.