Bar Refaeli 58.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
The Kfar Saba Magistrate’s Court convicted Rafael Refaeli, model Bar Refaeli’s
father, on Thursday of damaging the camera of a photographer who had chased and
took photos of Bar in 2007. However, the court acquitted Refaeli of the more
serious charges of assaulting and threatening the photographer. According to the
indictment, freelance photographer Michael Cohen was asked by entertainment
magazine Pnai Plus to photograph Bar Refaeli as she traveled to her family home
in Hod Hasharon. Cohen and another photographer chased after Bar’s car on a
motorcycle. During the ride, Bar called her parents and complained that the two
paparazzi were following her. By the time Bar reached her parents’ home in Hod
Hasharon, she was in tears.
According to the indictment, while Cohen and
his colleague parked their motorcycle outside the Refaelis’ home, Bar’s father
began to swear at them. Refaeli then snatched Cohen’s camera from around his
neck, the indictment said, spat at him, threatened him, removed Cohen’s keys
from the ignition of his motorcycle and returned inside his house.
Refaeli poured water into the camera, damaging its lens. Refaeli denied almost
all of the charges against him. He claimed that Bar had told her mother that she
was the victim of an attack by paparazzi, and that he had subsequently turned
off the motorcycle’s engine and took away Cohen’s camera, but did not damage it.