Sexual Assault Case Against Leading Israeli LGBTQ Activist Closed for Lack of Guilt

Prosecutors say they deemed the witnesses’ testimony credible but that 'the acts about which they testified didn’t cross the threshold of criminality'

Josh Breiner
Josh Breiner
Gal Uchovsky, in 2011.
Gal Uchovsky, in 2011. Credit: Tomer Appelbaum
Josh Breiner
Josh Breiner

The prosecution said on Thursday it had closed a sexual assault investigation against screenwriter and gay activist Gal Uchovsky, concluding he had not committed any crime.

Police launched an investigation against Uchovsky after three people filed complaints. One was not pursued because the statute of limitations had expired; in the other two cases, police found no evidence that a crime had been committed.

In announcing the decision, prosecutors said they deemed the witnesses’ testimony credible but that “the acts about which they testified didn’t cross the threshold of criminality.”

In response to the decision, the Aguda – the Association for LGBTQ Equality in Israel, tweeted, “We’ll always believe the victims. We’ll always believe you.”

The affair surfaced last November, after two men told an investigative reporter for public broadcaster Kan 11 that Uchovsky had sexually assaulted them. One man said Uchovsky forced himself on him during a sexual encounter and ignored his pleas to stop. The other said Uchovsky forced himself on him during a work meeting. In one of the police complaints, a man said Uchovsky had sexually assaulted him 14 years ago.

Police said that when they questioned Uchovsky, they also asked about four other alleged sexual assaults about which no complaints were filed.

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