Bar Refaeli promotes the X Factor 370.
(photo credit: Courtesy The X Factor Israel Facebook page)
Tel Aviv police arrested an Ashdod youth, 17, on Sunday for sending harassing
text messages to Israeli supermodel Bar Refaeli.
Authorities say the
suspect managed to obtain Refaeli’s contact information by pretending to be her
He then sent Refaeli repeated text messages.
told authorities that he saw Refaeli on the hit reality show X Factor and wanted
to meet her.
He was released on the condition that he will not attempt to
make any sort of contact with the complainant for 30 days, and was given a
restraining order banning him from being within 500 meters of her
Earlier this year, the 27-year-old supermodel signed a contract
with Reshet TV, rumored to be of around NIS 1 million, to host the Israeli
version of the popular music contest, made famous in the UK by Simon Cowell and
his unique brand of judging.
Refaeli is joined on the show’s panel by
singers Ivri Lider, Moshe Peretz and Rami Fortis.
While the judges are
all household names in Israel, host Refaeli is accustomed to making headlines
abroad as well as in her homeland.
Back in February, the blonde bombshell
featured in one of the most talked- about commercials of the 2013 Super Bowl,
for Internet domain hosting company GoDaddy. The 30-second clip, entitled
“Perfect Match,” featured Refaeli in an excruciatingly loud make-out session
with a plump computer nerd, as an announcer explained that the company was a
perfect combination of sexy and smart.
Refaeli came under fire in
December of last year for posting a photo of herself dressed in a Santa suit on
Instagram with the caption “Good Morning Santa.”
berated Refaeli for wearing a Santa suit, since she is Jewish, even telling her
that she is “betraying Israel.”
While the model received a number of
harshly worded messages condemning the picture, many of her Instagram followers
came to her defense. “Part of her fans are Christians.
You can’t judge a
person cause of his religion,” one follower wrote.