(photo credit:Hadad Eliran)
Singer Eyal Golan was released on house arrest Wednesday night after almost 12
hours of questioning by detectives at the Tel Aviv police headquarters, as part
of his involvement in a sex crimes case. He is expected to return for further
questioning on Thursday morning.
The case involves allegations that he
and four other defendants had sex and did drugs with underage girls.
other defendants, who were brought in by police on Wednesday, included Golan’s
father, a Tel Aviv promoter, an employee of Golan’s and the manager of a
national radio station.
On Wednesday evening Golan and two other suspects
were released, while his father and one other suspect were kept in custody until
a remand hearing Thursday morning in Tel Aviv.
singer, Maor Edri, was brought in for questioning on Wednesday and released
He said he knew nothing of the case and denied any
personal acquaintance with Golan.
It is believed that the most serious
charges in the case – pandering of minors and using drugs with minors, will be
directed at Golan’s father, while the singer himself will face statutory rape
charges and possibly charges for using drugs with minors.
Golan’s defense is
expected to be that he did not know that the girls in question were
So far several girls have testified to police, who are working
to check the veracity of their testimony.
It has been widely reported
that police are trying to locate videos that were made of some of the alleged
encounters and that they have managed to get their hands on a number of text
messages sent between some of the defendants that refer to the alleged sex
Police are trying to track down gifts that Golan and other
defendants allegedly bought some of the girls.
Golan’s father is at the
center of the case, and is believed to have exploited his son’s fame in order to
have sex with underage girls.
The promoter has been suspected of taking
money in order to supply girls for karaoke parties held at a Tel Aviv apartment,
where some of the sex acts allegedly took place.
On Wednesday Golan’s
attorneys waived his right to remain anonymous, thus ending a weeklong and at
times absurd saga revolving around a gag order on Golan’s name. This came long
after his identity as “the famous singer” was widely known to the
Over the weekend, the blogger, Omri Hayoon, who broke the case by
violating a gag order last Wednesday was questioned under caution by police on
suspicion of obstruction of justice.
Hayoon submitted a police complaint
against public relations man Rani Rahav, who represents Golan, saying that he
has led a campaign of incitement against him and he fears for his
The case first broke last Wednesday night, and initial reports
revolved around allegations made by a single 15- year-old girl who said she had
sex with Golan on more than one occasion.
Since then the case has
expanded to reportedly include a large number of girls who were “scouted” by
associates of Golan and who were brought to parties and events attended by the
singer, his father and his friends.
On Wednesday Rahav’s public relations
firm sent out an announcement saying that Golan was stepping down as a judge on
the singing contest television program Rising Star, and Keshet announced that it
would not be running an additional season of Golan’s singing contest Eyal Golan
Is Calling You.
Golan’s attorney Ronen Rosenbloom said Wednesday at
police headquarters that his client “believes in himself” and that “the
investigation is still being carried out and when it’s finished we’ll issue our
version of events.”
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