Aleph hits back at President Katsav
Woman's associates apparently leak full transcript of meeting woman held with Katsav.
By DAN IZENBERG, JPOST.COM STAFF
September 26, 2006 11:32
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The full transcript of a taped meeting between President Moshe Katsav and "Aleph" - the woman claiming she was raped by the president - was published on Channel 2 on Tuesday night after it appears to have been leaked by her associates as a response to what they claim was a partial transcript of the meeting published in Yediot Aharonoth on Tuesday morning, in which it appeared "Aleph" was extorting the president.
According to Channel 2, aleph said to Katsav, "You're slandering me. You're spreading rumors about me. You abused me physically and emotionally. You forced me to have sex. You used me and exploited me. I don't care what happened between you and other women. You're abusing me, you call me a whore, a call girl, psychotic."
The president, the report states, then asked aleph to speak quietly, so people outside wouldn't hear, after which he asked her, "What do you want? What could you tell?"
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Aleph responded, "Everything you did to me."
Katsav: "It was consensual. It was all consensual."
Aleph: "You're insolent. Consensual? It was abuse. Have you looked at the sexual harassment law?"
Katsav: "Yes, but it doesn't really bother me. Look at how good it worked with Bibi Netanyahu, and how it went with Rabbi Lau. It was good for their careers."
Aleph: "You should be ashamed. You're going to come out of this disgraced. You're not fit for your position."
Katsav: "What do you actually want?"
Aleph: "I want you to quit. That you will leave your position after everything you've taken from me."
Channel 2 also reported that Aleph said she told the police how the subject of money came up in the meeting she held with Katsav. According to Aleph, she told him that a week earlier, she had left work and been approached by a stranger, who introduced himself as a reporter, and offered her half a million dollars for her story.
Aleph then turned to the president and asked him, "Do you understand what's happening here?" Katsav then replied, "Yes, but I don't have half a million dollars to give you."
Aleph responded, jokingly, "Fine - then give me $200,000. You can look at it as compensation or a present."
Katsav then asked, "So how much money?" to which aleph replied, "Leave it - I don't want to talk about it. Even if you gave me two million dollars, it wouldn't change what you did to me."
Aleph spoke publicly for the first time on Tuesday morning, to refute the quotes from the taped conversation between her and Katsav published by Yediot.
"I want to express my outrage over things that were mostly not said or taken out of context, a confusion of words, and sentences that were incorrectly linked to one another," she told Army Radio's Razi Barka'i.
Barka'i asked Aleph how she felt regarding her exposure in the alleged scandal. "It is not a pleasant feeling, to say the least," she replied. "It is a terrible feeling, one which I understand many women feel in similar circumstances."
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