David Keyes

Julia Salazar, a controversial candidate for the New York State Senate has accused Isreali Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s spokesman David Keyes of sexual assault.

In a tweet on Tuesday, Salazar said she was going to be “outed as a survivor of sexual assault” in an upcoming article in an unnamed publication and decided to preempt the disclosure.

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“Before [the article] runs, I want to come forward and confirm that I was a victim of sexual assault by David Keyes – the prime minister of Israel’s spokesperson to foreign media. This story appears to be an effort to cast doubt upon my, and other women’s, accusations against Keyes. I’ve spoken to other journalists who were investigating accusations against David Keyes on background about this experience, but have never spoken on the record about it until now,” Salazar wrote.

Shayndi Raice, a reporter for The Wall Street Journal, corroborated Salazar’s allegations.

“The man had absolutely no conception of the word ‘no.’ No matter how often I said no, he would not stop pushing himself on me.” Raice tweeted on Wednesday. “I was able to extricate myself quickly and it was a very brief and uncomfortable moment but I knew as I walked away I had encountered a predator,” she wrote.