Actor Moshe Ivgy sentenced to 11 months in jail for sexual assault

2021-07-12 17:25:11

Actor Moshe Igvy has been sentenced to 11 months in jail for sexually harassing and assaulting a number of girls. The sentence was handed down on Monday, five-and-a-half-years after he was uncovered for the allegations of his sexual harassment on the Walla information web site. Two weeks in the past, throughout sentencing arguments within the Haifa Justice of the Peace’s Courtroom, the Haifa District Lawyer’s Workplace requested that the actor be sentenced to greater than three years in jail following his conviction for indecent acts and the sexual harassment of 4 girls. Ivgy’s protection legal professional objected to the prosecution’s request, arguing the one factor that ought to be imposed on the actor is group service.In March of this 12 months, the Haifa District Courtroom accepted the state’s attraction and convicted Ivgy of all sexual offenses attributed to him within the authentic indictment.This got here after justices Avraham Elyakim, Erez Porat and Tamar Neot Perry mentioned appeals filed by the Haifa District Lawyer’s Workplace and the actor’s lawyer towards the ruling of Decide Ziv Arieli within the metropolis’s Justice of the Peace’s Courtroom final January, during which Ivgy was convicted of two indecent acts on a lady who labored with him in 2012.He was sentenced a 12 months in the past to solely six months of group service, six months of probation and compensation for one girl within the quantity of NIS 10,000. Many critics then protested towards the lax sentencing, together with girls harmed by the actor, girls’s rights organizations and others from most of the people.

Whereas within the ultimate verdict Ivgy was convicted of indecent acts and the sexual harassment of solely 4 girls, the media revealed testimonies from dozens of girls who claimed to have been sexually assaulted by the actor – together with 12 who testified in an investigation revealed in Walla. The ladies claimed that the actor harassed them, attacked them, pushing his tongue inside their mouths and put his palms in intimate locations. In some circumstances he did so repeatedly, even after the ladies requested him to cease.Two key witnesses within the investigation, actresses Dalit Kahan and Ana Stefan, who spoke anonymously at first and later publicly, described the identical patterns of habits in incidents the place the actor sexually assaulted them whereas working collectively, forcefully kissing them towards their will. They each pushed him away, and had been fired from their jobs a number of days later.In an interview with Hamakor (The Supply) on Channel 13 final month, Ivgy appeared to current himself as a sufferer within the case. Though he stated he had acted badly and even apologized, he didn’t acknowledge the sexual harassment and assault. He denied a few of the circumstances attributed to him, and claimed that he had forgotten different incidents, or that they’d been consensual.Advocate Dana Meitav, CEO of the Ladies’s Foyer in Israel, said earlier than the sentencing: “Ivgi took benefit of his place within the trade for years to hurt girls – he humiliated, harassed and attacked them, and retaliated partially professionally after they opposed him. We anticipate him to be prosecuted. Each influential particular person will know that he has no proper to make use of his success to hurt girls, and that violent acts have a value.” 

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