Emanuel Rosen 370.
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Following reports that prominent TV personality Emmanuel Rosen sexually harassed
a series of women over the years while he was employed at Channel 10 and other
media outlets, Israel Police announced on Monday that it will open a probe to
determine whether or not any crimes took place.
Police stipulated that
the probe is not a criminal investigation of Rosen, but rather an initial step
to see if there is enough evidence to investigate him.
harassment allegations came to light in a Haaretz
report last week in which
several women were anonymously quoted as saying that Rosen had an “obsessive”
relationship with them, sending dozens of text messages late at night and
constantly flirting with them. They also claimed that he invited individual
women to late-night encounters with just the two of them, and would tell the
women – most of them new to Israeli journalism – that he could help their
The report stated that the allegations against Rosen were a
well-known secret to people across the media scene for years, including his
employers at Channel 10. It also said that police were aware of the allegations
for some time.
Over the weekend, Channel 10 announced that Rosen had
taken a leave of absence. The veteran TV personality has denied the allegations,
calling them part of “an anonymous smear campaign” against him.