Leading LGBTQ activist back in hot seat over fresh sexual assault claim

New allegation filed against Gal Uchovsky, after separate cases against him were dropped last month

Filmmaker Gal Uchovsky at the Knesset, on June 4, 2012. (Miriam Alster/Flash90/ File)
Filmmaker Gal Uchovsky at the Knesset, on June 4, 2012. (Miriam Alster/Flash90/ File)

Police on Tuesday questioned screenwriter and producer Gal Uchovsky, one of Israel’s most prominent LGBTQ rights activists, after a new claim of sexual assault was filed against him.

State prosecutors dropped a separate sexual assault case against Uchovsky less than a month ago.

The new alleged offenses occurred during two incidents in the past two years against a man Uchovsky met through a dating app, police said. The complaint was filed against Uchovsky a few weeks ago, Haaretz reported.

Uchovsky is also suspected of threatening the man who filed the claim against him for ignoring his phone calls.

Police initially opened an investigation into Uchovsky late last year after the Kan public broadcaster published testimonies of two men who said Uchovsky had sexually assaulted them in recent years. Both spoke to Kan on condition of anonymity.

But the state prosecution said earlier this month they decided to close the cases due to a lack of evidence of any criminal behavior on Uchovsky’s part.

Police also recommended closing a third case regarding someone who later came forward claiming that Uchovsky assaulted him during a holistic treatment session 14 years ago, beyond the statute of limitations.

“After examining the complaints in the case, it appears that even though the complainants’ testimony was found credible, the acts they testified to did not cross the threshold of criminality,” an official statement said regarding the first two cases.

After the initial Kan exposé was broadcast, Uchovsky, a popular TV personality, apologized and said he would be stepping down as president of IGY – Israel Gay Youth, a leading nonprofit organization serving LGBTQ youth in Israel.

Following the prosecutor’s announcement it was closing the cases, IGY released a statement saying: “We will always believe the victims. We will always believe you.”

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