The former house manager of the prime minister’s residence filed a lawsuit against Benjamin Netanyahu and the Prime Minister’s Office on Wednesday over what he alleges was abusive conduct, largely on the part of Mrs. Netanyahu, throughout his period of employment. He is claiming more than NIS 1 million ($285,000) in damages.
Menny Neftali, once an elite soldier in the IDF, had previously served as the personal bodyguard for Sara Netanyahu and the Netanyahu boys. He is the third ex-staffer to publicly threaten legal action against the Netanyahus.
In the complaint which was filed with Jerusalem’s Labor Court, Neftali provided extensive descriptions of humiliation, racist remarks and angry fits that he allegedly suffered at the hands of Mrs. Netanyahu, reported Channel 2.
Neftali also alleged that the Netanyahus did not meet certain financial obligations regarding his employment and that he was not compensated for irregular hours or workdays, according to the report.
Among the instances cited in the complaint, Neftali recounts how Mrs. Netanyahu once woke him up at 3 a.m. to yell at him for buying milk in a bag, not a carton. When he noted the hour and the first lady’s tone, he was allegedly told, by the prime minister himself, to comply with all of Mrs. Netanyahu’s wishes “so that she calms down.”
In another incident described in the complaint, Mrs. Netanyahu came into a room and saw that a vase was filled with flowers that were not fresh. According to Neftali, she knocked the vase to the ground while yelling at him and telling him that he was a bad house manager, and that “something like that would not happen in the Elysee Palace.”
The Netanyahus had reportedly been negotiating with Neftali for the past year in an effort to avoid the legal action.
“During the 20 months that Mr. Neftali was employed at the prime minister’s residence, 29 employees ended their employment there, and not in a positive way,” the complaint stated. “It became clear that the major and significant source of the bleak atmosphere at the prime minister’s residence was the reckless behavior of Mrs. Netanyahu, who demands of residence employees personal services day and night, and makes unreasonable demands, accompanied by disparagement toward the workers that serve her.”
When asked about the impending complaint earlier this month in an interview with Udi Segal, the prime minister dismissed the allegations made by Neftali, pointing the blame at the media for giving such drivel a platform.
In a statement Wednesday, the PMO called the lawsuit a case of “evil, skewed gossip, designed to taint the prime minister and his wife in order to gain unjustified financial benefit.”