After his apology to Jewish-American journalist Danielle Berrin, who claimed that she had been sexually harassed by the Israeli writer, was rejected, Ari Shavit informed Haaretz Newspaper that he was “taking a time out from his journalistic work.”
Watch: Berrin in an interview for Channel 2 News
Israeli journalist and writer Ari Shavit informed the management of Haaretz Newspaper that he was “taking a time out from his journalistic work” in light of the recent scandal he was involved in after Jewish-American journalist Danielle Berrin claimed that he sexually harassed her, as reported on JOL News.
In an announcement published by Haaretz last night, the newspaper stressed that it “strongly opposes sexual harassments and sees them as misconduct that should be eradicated.” The newspaper added that it expects its employees to conduct themselves professionally. “Ari Shavit has been a senior-level and accomplished journalist at Haaretz for more than 20 years,” the newspaper went on to announce. “Today he informed us that due to the recent publications, he has decided to take a time out from his journalistic work.”
Berrin and Shavit Photo credit: Hadas Porush, Flash 90 / Channel 2 News
Yesterday, JOL reported that Berrin responded to Ari Shavit’s “apology” and rejected it. “He offered an apology – to no one in particular – for ‘misconstruing the interaction between us,’ which he says he understood as ‘flirtation,’” she wrote. “His claim is absurd. The only thing I wanted from Ari Shavit was an interview about his book. No person of sound judgment would have interpreted his advances on me as anything other than unwanted, aggressive sexual contact.”
“He engaged in physically aggressive behavior – grabbing the back of my head, lurching at me for a kiss, pulling and pawing at me, and pressuring me to enter his hotel room,” Berrin continued. “He also implied he wanted to impregnate me and suggested I become his mistress. Throughout our interaction, he touched me in ways I did not want to be touched and he caused me to fear for my safety. None of this was flirtation; this was an assault on my dignity and professionalism that frightened and disturbed me.”