David Keyes

A spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, on Thursday, said he will take a leave of absence to clear his name after a series of sexual misconduct allegations against him.

David Keyes, Netanyahu’s spokesman was notably accused on Tuesday of sexual assault by Julia Salazar, a candidate for the New York state senate in the United States.

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“In light of the false and misleading accusations against me and in order not to distract from the important work of the prime minister, I have asked to take time off to clear my name. I am fully confident that the truth will come out.”

But following Salazar’s accusation, The Times of Israel news site reported on Thursday that 11 other women had also accused Keyes of inappropriate behaviour.

Ten of the woman spoke to the news site on condition of anonymity. Wall Street Journal reporter Shayndi Raice went public with accusations against Keyes.

The accusations date back to before Keyes took up his job in Netanyahu’s office in 2016 when he was in the United States.