Driver Who Recorded Yair Netanyahu’s Strip-club Tape Faces New Legal Fight

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Yair Netanyahu, the son of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
Yair Netanyahu, the son of Prime Minister Benjamin NetanyahuCredit: Marc Israel Sellem

The security guard-driver who made an embarrassing videotape of Yair Netanyahu and sold it to Channel 2 news was sued on Monday by his former employer, who claimed the guard-driver violated his contract with his actions.

Roy Rosen taped Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s son and his friends three years ago while he was driving them around Tel Aviv, where the passengers were visiting strip clubs.

The video, which was broadcast in January and created a media storm, showed the inebriated younger Netanyahu joking about prostitutes and favors his father allegedly did for energy tycoon Kobi Maimon, whose son was also present with a third man, as they traveled from one strip club to another.

In the lawsuit, filed in Jerusalem Labor Court, attorneys for the security company, Modiin Ezrachi, asserted that Rosen had signed a personal employment contract that required him to do his work with dedication and fairness and keep confidential any information he acquired.

“These undertakings and other relevant obligations were clearly and explicitly stated in the general collective bargaining agreement in the security and security sector, and also in the special collective agreement to which the plaintiff is a party and which apply to the defendant,” attorneys Yael Dolev, Adam Adi and Eli Beloshevsky of the Tel Aviv law firm Gross, Kleinhendler, Hodak, Halevy, Greenberg & Co.

The suit says Rosen worked for the company from July 2014 to February 2016 and was given a security clearance. He has a private investigator’s license and has worked in the field previously for the company. Rosen was assigned to provide security for various ministers’ homes and later assigned as a driver for the Prime Minister’s Office.

Modiin Ezrachi said it did not know what kind of technology Rosen is alleged to have used to tape the conversations, or whether he has additional tapes beyond those that have already been released to the media.

It asked the court to order Rosen to return any tapes and to make restitution of 250,000 shekels ($72,600), which is five times what the suit alleges he was paid for the tape. The company has also asked police to investigate whether Rosen is guilty of conducting illegal wiretaps.

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