Model Bar Refaeli’s father convicted of death threats in road rage incident
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Model Bar Refaeli’s father convicted of death threats in road rage incident

Rafi Refaeli given 3-month suspended sentence after he said he’d kill Hod Hasharon deputy mayor Yoav Rozen, who was driving too slowly for his liking

Rafi Refaely, father of Israeli model Bar Refaeli, seen at the Kfar Saba Magistrate's Court, where he was convicted on February 17, 2019 of threatening the former deputy mayor of Hod Hasharon, Yoav Rozen. (Flash90)
Rafi Refaely, father of Israeli model Bar Refaeli, seen at the Kfar Saba Magistrate's Court, where he was convicted on February 17, 2019 of threatening the former deputy mayor of Hod Hasharon, Yoav Rozen. (Flash90)

The Kfar Saba Magistrate’s Court on Sunday sentenced the father of Israeli supermodel Bar Refaeli to a three-month suspended prison term for a 2016 road rage incident.

Rafi Refaeli was convicted of threatening to kill Hod Hasharon deputy mayor Yoav Rozen in August, 2016, the Ynet news website reported. Rozen apparently wasn’t driving fast enough for Refaeli, who honked, tried to pass Rozen on the right, then yelled at Rozen several times “your daughter is a whore, I will kill you.”

The presiding judge rejected Refaeli’s alibi, accepting the eyewitness testimony and noted that the GPS of Refaeli’s cellphone placed him at the scene of the incident where he was “driving in a wild manner.”

The prosecution had sought a six-month service sentence as well as a fine and compensation for Rozen.

“I am surprised, We will appeal,” Rafaeli said after the conviction and sentence.

Refaeli’s tribulations do not end with the conviction. He, his wife and their  daughter, model Bar Refaeli, are still facing possible charges of tax offenses, perjury, and money laundering.

Despite the pending indictments hanging over her head, Bar Refaeli will be one of the presenters when Israel hosts the 2019 Eurovision song contest in Tel Aviv in May.

Israeli model Bar Refaeli gestures during a press conference, in Paris, March 23, 2010. (Thibault Camus/AP)

Earlier this year it was reported organizers were worried Refaeli may be too busy with her legal case to devote enough time to rehearsals for the show, as well as concerned about ethical and public image issues that may come with having a host under indictment.

Last June, Refaeli appealed a massive bill handed to her by the Tax Authority, which had determined that she had hidden tens of millions of shekels of income in several cases of tax evasion, including falsely claiming to not have lived in Israel in 2009-2010.

Refaeli claimed that during the period covered by the tax bill, she was living abroad with her then boyfriend, Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio.

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