Actor Moshe Ivgy enters jail to serve 11 months for indecent assault



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Leading actor Moshe Ivgy entered Hermon prison in northern Israel on Wednesday to serve an 11-month prison sentence imposed on him for indecent assault and sexual harassment of four women.

Ivgy was sentenced in July by the Haifa Magistrates’ Court, after the court overturned a previous verdict in March sentencing him to just six months of community service. He was convicted of five counts of indecent acts and sexual harassment.

Ivgy arrived at the prison more than four hours before the scheduled time. Asked by reporters if he hoped his prison term would pass quickly, Ivgy replied, “No. I hope it goes as it should. Nothing needs to be fast. I will live this until the end.

How did he feel then? “Well, this is not a trip to Thailand,” he replied, carrying a big backpack and accompanied by a friend.

Ivgy was originally scheduled to enter jail on September 1, but a request to delay entry until after this month’s Jewish holiday period was granted by prosecutors and the court because he had accepted the verdict and chosen to do not appeal the sentence.

In February 2016, six women accused Ivgy of harassing them while they were working together on various films, TV shows and plays. The women told the Walla news site of private rehearsals in which Ivgy forced herself on them, often insisting on unnecessary rehearsals of intimate scenes and kissing them against their will.

Prosecutors filed charges in 2018, saying they found sufficient evidence that Ivgy exploited her status to commit indecent acts and sexually harass four women in 2012 and 2013, some at her workplace. He faced four counts of indecent acts and three of sexual harassment.

But Ivgy was found guilty by the Haifa District Court in January 2020 of a single count of indecent assault on a woman and acquitted in the other two cases. In July of the same year, he was sentenced to six months of community service and ordered to pay 10,000 shekels (approximately $ 2,900) to his victim.

In their appeal to the Haifa District Court for a harsher sentence – which was eventually accepted – prosecutors, who initially requested a 15-month prison sentence for Ivgy, said the multiple separate complaints against the actor showed behavior.

Ivgy has appeared in dozens of films, plays and television shows, including “Hunting Elephants” (2013) and “Munich” by Steven Spielberg, and won an Ophir – best Israeli film – for her supporting role in “Metallic Blues” in 2004, the same year he was nominated for Best Actor for his role in the award-winning film “Campfire”.

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