Police: ‘Sufficient evidence’ to try Israeli actor for sex crimes

Haifa prosecutors must now decide whether to charge Moshe Ivgy for indecent acts, sex assault

Actor Moshe Ivgy delivers a statement regarding sexual harassment allegations against him, at the end of a theater show in Tel Aviv on Sunday, February 7, 2016 (Flash90)
Actor Moshe Ivgy delivers a statement regarding sexual harassment allegations against him, at the end of a theater show in Tel Aviv on Sunday, February 7, 2016 (Flash90)

The Israel Police announced Thursday that they had compiled sufficient evidence to prosecute actor Moshe Ivgy for sex crimes.

The police said there is evidentiary basis to suspicions that Ivgy exploited his status to commit indecent acts and sexually harass three women in his workplace.

The Haifa District Prosecution Service must now decide whether to charge the prominent star of Israeli stage and screen.

Of his six original accusers, three women were willing to cooperate with the police investigation.

Inquiries into additional allegations against Ivgy cannot be taken further because they happened too long ago and exceed the statute of limitations, Army Radio reported.

Ivgy, who denies any wrongdoing, said in February he would withdraw from acting for the duration of the probe.

“In light of the wave of reports rocking my life and causing my family much grief, I have decided to take a timeout,” Ivgy said in a statement. “I repeat – I did not harm a single person, man or woman.”

He declined to respond to the allegations publicly, but said he “would do so fully” in the police investigation.

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