Emanuel Rosen
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Gadi Sukenik

Harassment claims: Fellow journalist testifies against Emanuel Rosen

Gadi Sukenik says allegations represent 'facts,' and media star's harassment of coworkers has been going on for years

A fellow journalist gave testimony with the police against Emanuel Rosen, an Israeli media colossus suspected of sexually harassing female coworkers. On Wednesday Gadi Sukenik reportedly relayed to the police instances of harassment that were brought to his attention over the years.


Rosen, who will not be questioned unless suspicions are verified, suspended himself from his position as Channel 10's political commentator after the complaints became public Friday.


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Police Chief Yohanan Danino on Monday ordered investigators to look into claims against Rosen. The results of the probe will determine whether an official investigation will be launched.


Sukenik, himself a senior journalist and former news anchor, told Army Radio on Tuesday that "Industry rumors and these acts, and I emphasize the word acts, took place over years. I confirm what all these journalists claim. I swear it's just the tip of the iceberg, and the least grave offenses, there are far more serious cases."


He said going public with the claims must have been a daunting prospect for the victims, as claims regarding harassment made behind closed doors are inherently difficult to prove.


"Trust me that I would not have gone on air had I not known these things for a fact. Many managers worked in the media who knew everything. Over the years the picture only became clearer, but companies still continued to employ him. I complained, I asked why, but no one appointed me the juror," Sukenik said. 


"Where I came into contact with those things, I interfered immediately; I've never ignored a complaint."


Police said some of the evidence falls under the statute of limitations, yet they find the more recent claims "very interesting." Police have already made contact with some of the women who came forth with the claims, brought to public attention by Haaretz on Friday, and collected statements from them.



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