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Keshet Broadcasting President Alex Gilady Resigns Amid Rape Allegations

Alex Gilady, the president of Keshet Broadcasting and founder of Keshet Media Group, is stepping down “temporarily” amid mounting accusations of sexual harassment and assault, including three new allegations of rape.

Gilady, who founded the Israeli media giant in 1993, represents Israel on the International Olympic Committee and also once served as a vice president for NBC. The allegations against him began to surface late last week when two journalists came forward and said Gilady had exposed himself or propositioned them in the context of job interviews with Keshet.

On Tuesday, a different woman accused Gilady of raping her 20 years ago, saying that he forced himself on her during an audition for a television program. Her account was reported by Israel’s Channel 10 news and in the newspaper Haaretz, which also published allegations of rape from two other women. One said she was raped by Gilady in the late 1970s while working for him on a television project; the other, a journalist, said Gilady raped her after promising her an exclusive interview while she was covering one of his television productions. None of the women’s names has been released.

According to Haaretz, Gilady denies all three allegations, considers them libelous and is seeking legal action.

The rape allegations emerged after journalists Neri Livneh and Oshrat Kotler both said last week that Gilady had assaulted or harassed them following auditions for positions at Keshet. Kotler, a journalist with Channel 10, said that during Gilady’s tenure as CEO of Keshet, she met him to audition for a position on a morning show, and not long afterward, he asked her to spend the night with him, telling her that such interactions were how women got ahead in Hollywood.

Livneh, a columnist for Haaretz, said that in 1999 she met Gilady for dinner to discuss a potential job, and after the meal he took her to his home. There, Gilady exposed his genitals to her and asked her to “talk to it,” Livneh wrote.

Gilady’s resignation was confirmed by Drorit Wertheim, chair of Keshet’s board of directors. In a statement to the board, Gilady maintained his innocence and insisted that the allegations against him were false.

“I am moving aside, temporarily, from Keshet, in order to fight to prove my innocence [of] these unfounded claims,” he wrote. “I repeat and stress that these claims are not correct and I will take the necessary legal steps against these false accusations.”

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