After a journalist claimed the late Tommy Lapid sexually assaulted her while staying in London in 1963, his son MK Yair Lapid responded. “I have no way of knowing whether it’s true or not,” he said.

Yair Lapid

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MK Yair Lapid, Chairman of the Yesh Atid Party and son of the renowned journalist and politician the late Tommy Lapid, responded to claims by journalist Sylvie Keshet that his father sexually assaulted her in London in 1963. “It’s saddening and painful,” he said. “I have no way of knowing whether it’s true or not. I can’t ask my father. If he were here, he would have something to say.”

Keshet claimed Tommy Lapid, whom she met at an event in London, asked to go up to her apartment to make a telephone call and then tried to rape her there. She is one of the many women who are speaking up about sexual harassment and assault they experienced, a campaign catapulted by the accusations made against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein in October.

“I am in favor of the #MeToo campaign,” clarified Lapid. “I am in favor of men understanding that things that seem insignificant to them are important. It brings to light stories that are not good, and it is important that men know that the rules of the game have changed – it proves that society is progressing.” However, Lapid also added that “there are people who tell themselves a story so many times that they believe it.”

Meanwhile, Israeli Minister for Social Equality Gila Gamliel has stated that she is evaluating the possibility of changing the statute of limitations for sexual assault cases and extending the amount of time a case can be reviewed. She also intends to convene the Ministerial Committee for Gender Equality to discuss the issue.