The sexual harassment probe against television journalist and media personality
Emmanuel Rosen was carried out professionally and with the goal of finding the
truth, police said Monday.
Their claim came a day after it was revealed
that the State Attorney’s Office had decided to close the case without an
indictment despite police recommendations to the contrary.
investigation of Emmanuel Rosen was carried out professionally and
appropriately, far away from the [media] spotlight while safeguarding the rights
of the suspect the entire time,” police said.
“This was despite a series
of publications, rumors and assessments by selfappointed experts. Police
investigators focused on finding the truth and passed the evidence they found in
the case to prosecutors.”
The police statement said that all its
investigations are conducted “with the intention of finding the truth, not an
indictment, and it is fitting that everybody in the legal system works
independently and makes decisions based on their own professional
Investigators had recommended indicting Rosen on two counts
of sexual harassment several months after a number of women who had been his
colleagues accused him of a series of sex crimes.
The investigation by
the National Fraud Investigative unit of the police’s LAHAV 433 branch was
completed last month, at which point the recommendation to indict was passed on
to the State Attorney’s Office.
When the case broke, Israeli media
outlets reported on testimony from the alleged victims, who accused Rosen of
obsessive sexual harassment and sexual assault. Some were quoted as saying that
he could potentially be charged with rape.
In July, Rosen’s media
adviser, Ronen Moshe, said he and his client “welcome the opportunity” to
present their side of the story as “determined by facts and not rumors and wild
“We trust in the police and call for them to unearth the
truth,” Moshe said.
In late October, police announced that they were
dropping an investigation against another TV personality, Sharon Gal, who had
also been accused of sexual harassment by former colleagues.