Walla published an article yesterday about a veteran Israeli TV reporter accused of repeated instances of sexual harassment of female colleagues. A former Channel 2 newscaster, Gadi Sukenik, aired the charge and said it involved a “most serious case” of serial harassment:
“Everyone knew about the whole time and said as long as it doesn’t get out they won’t do a thing about it.”
One case, he even claims, is “graver than sexual harassment.”
From this Haaretz report, we can see that there is at least one charge of rape. Another victim who began an affair with his that was consensual, broke it off when he demanded that she perform oral sex on him in a parking lot. She speaks about those who’ve hired him over the years knowing his reputation:
Without a doubt, the employers valued his name and reputation above a few weepy women [victims].
Several Israeli sources have confirmed that the reporter in question is Emmanuel Rosen, age 53, who works for Channel 10. One source, whose account hasn’t been verified, also accused Rosen of harassing subjects of his news stories and political candidates he was covering.
A women’s media organization has put out an announcement asking anyone who may be a victim to come forward so they may compile eyewitness statements that can be forwarded to Rosen’s bosses and the police. They say they already have the testimony of 40 witnesses or victims of acts of verbal, sexual or physical harassment.
This seems to have had an impact with Channel 10 management. Rosen announced a few hours ago that he was taking a leave. He also said his accusers had launched an “orchestrated campaign” against him. Among his other choice comments were an accusations that he was the victim of:
“An anonymous smear campaign of monstrous proportions.”