Police have launched a formal investigation into allegations that senior TV commentator and reporter Emmanuel Rosen sexually harassed female co-workers, head of the police Investigations Unit Maj-Gen. Yoav Segalovich announced on Monday.
After some two weeks of an initial probe into the rumors and allegations of indecent acts reportedly committed by the veteran journalist, police said they expected to invite Rosen for interrogation as a suspect as early as this week.
Rosen was a commentator for a number of media outlets, most recently Channel 10, before announcing a leave of absence late last month amid allegations that he had sexually harassed a series of female journalists.
Over the weekend, police took statements from women who were allegedly harassed by Rosen, as well as executives from Channel 10. Employees from the various radio stations where Rosen was employed will also be questioned about the alleged behavior.
One of the alleged victims, Maayan Poplavsky, came forward in an interview to Channel 2 Monday night, in which she spoke about the incident which allegedly took place four months ago. (*See editor’s note at the bottom of this article.) She is the first victim to speak openly about the incident. The rest of the women have remained anonymous.
“I contacted him for an interview. We scheduled a meeting in Tel Aviv. A few minutes before the meeting, he called and said he was having trouble finding parking and asked if I would come out and look for a spot with him. It sounded suspicious but I went,” she said.
“All of a sudden, he stops the car on a fairly central street. We were talking and something on my right caught my attention. When I turned my head back, something happened. I don’t want to describe it but the police call it an indecent act,” she went on.
Haaretz broke the story last month with a lengthy piece quoting over 10 female journalists who accused Rosen of improper behavior, aggressive courting and promises of promotions in exchange for sexual favors.
Rosen has called the allegations a “smear campaign” and a “witch hunt.”
(* This article was updated on June 2 to correct the reference to Maayan Poplavsky’s Channel 2 comments.)