JERUSALEM (JTA) – Three more Israeli women have filed complaints of sexual assault against a Safed rabbi.
The new complaints filed Monday night bring the total to eight against the rabbi, who was arrested Thursday night at Ben-Gurion Airport on his way to Brazil. The arrest was based on an accusation by a woman who claimed that she was raped by the rabbi several years ago.
A gag order was placed on the case, including the name of the rabbi, identified as a yeshiva head from the Safed area who belongs to modern Orthodox Zionist circles.
His name will be released on Wednesday, a Nazareth District Court judge ruled on Tuesday, pending an appeal by the rabbi to the Israeli Supreme Court, Haaretz reported.
The rabbi reportedly denies the accusations.