The nurse who sued Ofer Glazer for NIS 2.5 million in damages for sexually harassing her is a "liar and exaggerator," Glazer's lawyer, Ofer Tzur, told Tel Aviv District Court Wednesday in a response to the lawsuit against his client.
Glazer has already been convicted and sentenced to six months in jail on criminal charges of harassing the nurse, who is married and in her 40s, and - three months earlier and two days before his marriage to Shari Arison - another woman who had come to see an apartment in Eilat he was trying to rent.
After Glazer was convicted, the nurse, whose name is barred from publication, launched a civil suit against Glazer, charging that he had caused her severe physical and psychological harm.
In his brief for the defense, Tzur charged that the plaintiff was a proven liar. He said she had allegedly lied to the National Insurance Institute several months before the incident with Glazer, when she convinced the National Insurance Institute that she could not work because she suffered from back pains. During the time she was receiving work disability payments from NII, she took a job looking after Arison for 24 hours, after Arison underwent surgery.
The nurse also allegedly lied when she told the Tel Aviv Magistrate's Court during the criminal trial against Glazer that she did not intend to sue Glazer for damages and that she had not been in touch with lawyers about her legal options during the trial. In the end, charged Tzur, not only did the nurse sue Glazer, but she also sued him with the lawyers she had denied being in contact with in court.
According to Tzur, when the nurse went to see a psychiatrist to obtain a medical opinion to back her charges against Glazer, "she was dressed in black and wearing clothes that covered every inch of her body and were inappropriate to the season. She dressed that way to give the impression she had been severely damaged in her body and her femininity."
Tzur added that according to information in his possession, "in actual fact, and in her daily life, the woman wears immodest clothing. The 'show' (dressing up like a nun) was for the psychiatrist's sake, naturally."
Tzur wrote that "the plaintiff presented highly imaginary and false facts to fit the reality to her needs and accusations and she did this for one purpose only, to illegally extract money from [Glazer], as if she were winning the lottery prize."
According to the state's indictment against Glazer, he entered the nurse's bedroom and while she was sitting on her bed, bent down and began rubbing her feet. Later, Glazer caught the nurse in the kitchen and rubbed up against her, whispering into her ear, "Can I hit on you?" while running his hand up and down the woman's body.