Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

MEDIAWATCH

The Prosecutor Who Could Save Baltimore

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

Central African Republic: French soldiers face sex abuse allegations

Read more

#THE 51%

UK elections: Does the women's vote count?

Read more

REVISITED

Questions remain 7 years after China's Sichuan quake

Read more

#TECH 24

Apple Watch put to the test

Read more

YOU ARE HERE

Bread, a French tradition

Read more

FOCUS

Lebanon's Roumieh prison: Iron-fist policy against a jihadist hub

Read more

REPORTERS

Syria: On the trail of looted antiquities

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Are you ready to rumble? Mayweather-Pacquiao is biggest payday in sports history

Read more

Middle east

Israeli minister accused of sexual harassment

© AFP

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2014-03-25

Silvan Shalom, the Israeli energy minister tipped as a possible presidential candidate, has been accused of sexual assault by a female former employee, Israeli media reported on Monday.

The alleged victim, who worked for Shalom, a member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party, has filed a complaint, the reports said.

Police told AFP they were "investigating accusations against a minister," without giving any further details.

Speaking anonymously to army radio, the former employee said Shalom had on one occasion in 1999 called her to deliver documents to a Jerusalem hotel room where he was staying. When she arrived, she found him naked.

Shalom, who was serving as science minister at the time, then forced her to perform oral sex on him, she said.

Shalom, now 55, has been expected to run in a June 14 presidential election as a possible successor to Shimon Peres, and he was about to announce his candidature, local media said.

He appears to be immune from prosecution under an Israeli statute of limitations, since the incident dates back more than 10 years.

But police are keeping the investigation open, as more women are already coming forward with similar accusations, army radio said.

Gila Gamliel, a Likud MP close to Shalom, told the radio that the minister's entourage "rejected" the allegations, suggesting they were part of a smear campaign ahead of the election.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP)

Date created : 2014-03-25

  • ISRAEL

    Former Israeli president Moshe Katsav jailed for rape

    Read more

  • FRANCE

    French ministers get anti-sexism lessons

    Read more

  • ISRAEL

    Israel's ex-minister Lieberman acquitted of corruption

    Read more

COMMENT(S)