Man arrested for breaking into Bar Refaeli’s family home, demanding to meet her

Suspected allegedly threatened to murder someone if not granted an audience with the model, who wasn’t in the area

Bar Refaeli poses for photographers at a Paris fashion show, February 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
Bar Refaeli poses for photographers at a Paris fashion show, February 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

A man was arrested on Friday after allegedly breaking into the family home of model Bar Refaeli and threatening violence if he was not able to meet with her.

The man entered the residence and confronted Refaeli’s brother, actor On Refaeli, who lives there, Channel 12 reported

On Rafaeli told the suspect that his sister did not live at the location, in the central city of Hod Hasharon.

The suspect then threatened to murder someone or hurt himself if he wasn’t granted a meeting with Bar Rafaeli, Channel 12 reported.

Police opened an investigation into the suspect after his arrest.

After his hearing, the court ordered the suspect’s detention extended until Saturday to allow medical professionals to assess him.

The intruder is in his 40s and a resident of Bat Yam, south of Tel Aviv, Channel 12 reported.

Bar Refaeli is an internationally known model and celebrity, and one of the most recognizable Israelis on the world stage.

Her family is well known in Israel, and controversial. She and her mother were convicted in 2020 of tax evasion, in a case that also implicated her father-in-law.

The prolonged case, built around the celebrity model’s worldwide income and the family’s attempts to downplay her ties to Israel for tax purposes, damaged her well-crafted public image as an informal ambassador for the country.

Still, she remains a popular TV personality and pitch-woman whose image is common on highway billboards throughout the country.

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