Bar Refaeli’s father indicted for threatening deputy mayor
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Bar Refaeli’s father indicted for threatening deputy mayor

Supermodel’s dad Rafi claims the police are harassing him after failing to pin him on earlier assault charges

Rafi Refaeli, father of Israeli model Bar Refaeli, in 2007 (Michal Fattal/Flash90)
Rafi Refaeli, father of Israeli model Bar Refaeli, in 2007 (Michal Fattal/Flash90)

Israel police filed an indictment on Tuesday against the father of Israeli supermodel Bar Refaeli for threats he allegedly made against the deputy mayor of Hod Hasharon, during an August roadside confrontation.

According to the indictment, Rafi Refaeli honked repeatedly at Yoav Rozen, while the latter was stopped in front of him at a traffic light. When Rozen proceeded at a pace that Refaeli deemed to have been too slow, the celebrity’s father tried cutting off the deputy mayor, Channel 2 reported.

When Rozen began parking his car, Refaeli did the same right next to the him, hopping out of his vehicle and cursing repeatedly at the public servant and threatening to kill him, the report said.

Refaeli denied the charges, claiming not to have even been present when the incident took place. “They are going after me because they did not succeed in filing an indictment against me in the police affair,” he told the TV station.

Illustrative photo of an Israel Police patrol car. (Moti Karelitz/Flash90)
Illustrative photo of an Israel Police patrol car. (Moti Karelitz/Flash90)

In August, police were called to the Refaeli home in Kfar Saba at around 4 a.m. over complaints of excessive noise from the house. When a policewoman entered Refaeli’s yard and told him to turn off the music, he allegedly dragged her forcefully off the property, shouted at her that she had no right to enter his yard, and locked the gate in her face. Nevertheless, the charges against him were dropped last month due to lack of evidence.

Responding to Tuesday’s indictment, Refaeli said, “I will sue the deputy mayor if he does not apologize. He is falsely accusing and slandering me. Although I voted for him, I have never met this man.”

Bar Refaeli (YouTube screen grab)
Bar Refaeli (YouTube screen grab)

After the complaint was filed against him, Rafaeli reported to the Kfar Saba police station on his own volition, in order to turn over footage from the security camera installed on his vehicle dashboard.

“I did not confront anyone, I did not attack anyone, and I did not curse at anyone. My memory is good,” he insisted.

However, Rozen’s account of the incident was different. “He seemed to me like someone from the underworld,” the deputy mayor told Channel 2.

“After he attacked me, I asked the owner of a (nearby) clothing store, ‘Who was that crazy man?’ He said to me, ‘You don’t know? I responded, ‘Honestly, no.’ I didn’t recognize him,” said Rozen relating the incident.

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