MK Yinon Magal Faces Additional Claim of Sexual Harassment

A woman who previously worked with the Habayit Hayehudi MK says he kissed her intimately and by force in a public place.

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MK Yinon Magal answering online readers' questions at the Haaretz offices, February 2015.
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Yet another woman has accused Habayit Hayehudi Knesset member Yinon Magal of inappropriate sexual behavior, Channel 2 TV reported on Sunday night.

The Israel Police began collecting testimonies against Magal last Thursday, after two women claimed earlier in the week that they had been sexually harassed by Magal while working at Walla online news service, where Magal was editor-in-chief at the time.

The woman who came forward on Sunday said she knew Magal from a previous place of employment, not Walla. She said that about two years ago she met him by chance in a public place. After the two had talked for a short while, the woman said, he kissed her "intimately," leaving her shocked.

She added that she had not complained immediately after the incident, because she felt she would suffer greater damage going public than the damage she suffered as a result of the forced kiss. It is not clear if she now intends filing a police complaint against the MK.

The police investigation unit known as Lahav 433 has begun taking testimonies from several female Walla employees who were present at the farewell party for Magal when he left Walla.

At this stage, none of the women has laid a formal complaint against Magal with the police, preferring to simply provide testimony. Police are attempting to persuade at least one of the women to complain formally.

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