Photo: Haim Tzach
Ariel Katsav, son of President Moshe Katsav
Photo: Haim Tzach

Complaint: Katsav's son sexually harassed me

Israel Railways worker submits complaint against Ariel Katsav, son of president Moshe Katsav, claiming he had sexually harassed her, Channel 10 reports; accused says, 'this is obviously part of the campaign against the president and his family'

Channel 10 TV reported on Sunday that a sexual assault complaint has been filed against President Moshe Katsav's son Ariel, who is an employee with Israel Railways.


According to the report, a colleague of Katsav filed a complaint with the company's management officials claiming he had asked her inappropriate questions about her body.


"He bothered me with questions like whether I have silicon in my breast, and asked if I am wearing a bra or not. All the time remarks about my breasts. He told me he likes women who don't wear bras," the complainant told Channel 10.


Israel Railways spokeswoman Mali Cohen told Ynet on Sunday evening: "The complainant submitted the complaint to the person in charge of sexual harassment in the Railways, Irit Axelrod, and the complaint is being checked."


Ariel Katsav vehemently denied the accusations, saying “this is a fabricated and despicable story.”


“The woman in question was fired due to major disciplinary problems and adopted the concept of getting her revenge on the employer by filing a false complaint on verbal harassment that never was,” he said.


“This is obviously part of the campaign against the president and his family; I intend to sue the woman for libel and file a complaint of my own with the police.”


An Israel Railways source told Ynet, “The woman volunteers for various organizations in her spare time; she’s very attractive.”


President Katsav faces sexual assault accusations by a former employee and awaits a decision by Attorney-General Menachem Mazuz whether to indict him.


Katsav announced last week that should Mazuz decide to indict him, he would step down.


פרסום ראשון: 12.03.06, 21:13
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