Police finish probe of Immanuel Rosen, says evidence of sexual harassment found

Rosen’s attorneys say case deals with “courtship and flirting” and is not a police matter.

Emanuel Rosen 370 (photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)
Emanuel Rosen 370
(photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)
Police said Sunday there is sufficient evidence to charge former journalist Immanuel Rosen with sexual harassment almost six months after they began investigating him.
The National Fraud Investigative unit said Sunday that they have finished the investigation and passed the material on to the central branch of the District Attorney’s office.
In July, Rosen was investigated by police for nine hours under caution, following a bombshell report in Haaretz in April that he had been accused of a series of sex crimes by women who worked with him in the past.
At the time, Rosen’s media adviser Ronen Moshe said “we welcome the opportunity for Emmanuel to present his version of events and for the truth to be determined by facts and not rumors and wild incitement. We trust in the police and call for them to unearth the truth.”
On Sunday, Rosen’s attorneys Yaron London and Lior Epstein said that the question that stands is how much evidence is there for the crime of sexual harassment, which is based on whether or not he was in a position of authority.
“We must remember where we are now, considering where we began with the first severe allegations that were published in the media and didn’t pan out and now we have a case without a police complaint,” they said, adding that the case deals with “courtship and flirting” and is not a police matter.
Sunday’s report by police means that Rosen would potentially face much weaker charges than those made by women who worked with him, including obsessive sexual harassment and sexual assault. Others quoted in the Haaretz report said that Rosen could be charged with rape.
The news on Sunday came four days after former TV newsman Sharon Gal was questioned under caution by the same unit as Rosen for sexual harassment allegations.