State drops underage sex allegations against Golan

State drops underage sex allegations against Golan

'I never did anything that would dishonor a woman or man in Israel,' writes popular singer as investigation is closed

Eyal Golan arriving at a concert in Tel Aviv on November 14, 2013. (photo credit: Gideon Markowicz/Flash90)
Eyal Golan arriving at a concert in Tel Aviv on November 14, 2013. (photo credit: Gideon Markowicz/Flash90)

The Tel Aviv District Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday it would drop charges against popular singer Eyal Golan, who was investigated on suspicion of engaging in sexual relations with underage girls.

The District Attorney’s Office said it was dropping the charges due to lack of evidence.

On Tuesday, Golan issued a statement to the press proclaiming his innocence.

“The last three months have been very difficult,” he wrote. “I’m aware that the Israeli public is angry and confused over what happened and I apologize for that.”

When the allegations came to light, Golan suspended himself from a reality show, “Rising Star,” where he was a celebrity judge.

“I’ve been put in a very difficult position and it’s unpleasant,” he said. “These have been difficult months for my mother and my children.”

Golan is divorced from Ilanit Levi, a former Miss Israel, and they have two children, Liam and Alin. His production company, Liam Productions, is named for his son.

Golan said Tuesday he had planned on calling a press conference, but that the District Attorney’s Office hadn’t yet completed its work regarding his case.

In November, the nation’s tabloids were atwitter with news that an “unnamed popular singer,” who turned out to be Golan, was interrogated by the police for engaging in sexual encounters with underage girls. According to the police, people close to the singer would bring the girls to rented rooms for evenings that included sexual intercourse, drug use and expensive gifts.

It wasn’t Golan’s first brush with the law. The Tax Authority set its sights on the singer in October, charging him with not declaring or paying income tax on NIS 2.6 million (about $736,000). Golan, one of Israel’s biggest stars, makes about NIS 14 million per year (about $3.9 million), according to Yedioth Ahronoth.

That case has not been settled.

“I want to clarify that I never did anything that would dishonor a woman or man in Israel,” Golan wrote in his Tuesday statement. He added that the one woman who testified against him lied, and it was her lie that was leaked to the public and created the fracas.

He did admit to one time that his father came to an apartment with two women, but said that when he suspected that one of them was too young, he immediately left the apartment.

“To my dismay, there have been a number of people around me who used my name irresponsibly to do things that are improper, and which go against my credo,” wrote Golan. “When you are at the peak, you don’t look right or left and you focus on the doing, in loving the audience and maybe sometimes getting dazzled. But a situation unfolded in which people I trusted were doing things that I wouldn’t approve of and I’m grieving that with all my heart.”

Golan said he’d fired those staff members who acted inappropriately and is planning on focusing on his music for now.

“I feel that I have been hanged in the town square on a long rope and everyone who passes by is throwing a brick at me,” he said.

In January, a Jewish community center in San Diego cancelled a concert by Golan.

According to a report by Army Radio, the center decided to drop the show because of protests by members of the Jewish community who found it inappropriate because of the allegations against the singer.

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