Veteran stage, film and television actor Moshe Ivgy has been accused by six different women of sexual harassment.
All six accused Ivgy of harassing them while they were working together on various films, television shows and plays.
The women, who have so far opted to remain anonymous, told the Walla website of private rehearsals in which Ivgy would force himself on them, often insisting on unnecessary “rehearsing” of intimate scenes, and kissing them against their will.
One of the actresses was quoted as saying she lost a major role because she wouldn’t cooperate with Ivgy.
Two of the women passed a polygraph test, but none has filed a complaint with police, the report said.
Ivgy said he was “shocked” by the accusations, which he denied. “I have never touched anyone inappropriately, man or woman,” he said in a statement.
The Moroccan-born actor, 62, is considered a star of Israeli stage and screen. He is currently playing a major role in the television show “Zaguri Imperia.”
He has appeared in dozens of films, plays and television shows, including “Hunting Elephants” (2013) and Steven Spielberg’s “Munich,” and won an Ophir — Israel’s Academy Award — for his supporting role in “Metallic Blues” (2004) in a year when he was also nominated for Best Actor for his role in the award-winning “Campfire.”
His daughter, Dana Ivgy, is also an award-winning actress.