Wall Street Journal reporter condemns David Keyes as predator; Israeli PM's spokesman on leave

World | 14 Sep 2018 3:53 pm

A spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said yesterday he will take a leave of absence "to clear my name" after a series of sexual misconduct allegations against him.

David Keyes, Netanyahu's spokesman for international media who has been interviewed regularly on television, was notably accused in recent days of sexual assault by Julia Salazar, a candidate for the New York state senate in the United States, AFP reports

"In light of the false and misleading accusations against me and in order not to distract from the important work of the prime minister, I have asked to take time off to clear my name," Keyes said in a statement. "I am fully confident that the truth will come out."

Salazar has received criticism in the course of her campaign over inconsistencies in details about other parts of her life she has shared. But following Salazar's accusation, The Times of Israel news site reported yesterday that 11 other women had also accused Keyes, 34, of inappropriate behavior.

Ten of the woman spoke to the news site on condition of anonymity. Wall Street Journal reporter Shayndi Raice went public with accusations against

Keyes. "The man had absolutely no conception of the word 'no'," she said on Twitter.

"No matter how often I said no, he would not stop pushing himself on me. I was able to extricate myself quickly and it was a very brief and uncomfortable moment but I knew as I walked away I had encountered a predator."

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