Police on Tuesday said the letter complaining of Education Minister Gideon Sa'ar's sexual misconduct is a forgery.
Speaking at a Tel Aviv District Police conference on Tuesday, Police Commissioner Yohanan Danino said the document was forged.
"The examination showed that the 'Sa'ar document' was definitely forged," Danino said.
The Justice Ministry had ordered that Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein instruct police to begin a preliminary investigation of a letter sent to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Likud activists signed by M.C., an Education Ministry employee.
The letter claims that M.C. had a romantic relationship with Sa'ar, in which he took advantage of his position as minister. The M.C. who still works with Sa'ar says she did not write the letter, but has not answered inquiries as to why she did not complain to the police about the alleged forgery.
While current Likud MKs had avoided commenting on the issue until the circumstances surrounding the allegations become clearer, former MK Carmel Shama-Hacohen expressed certainty that the letter is part of "a very systematic campaign that includes YouTube clips and articles pulled out of the archive by this or that reporter who badmouthed him."Lahav Harkov contributed to this report.