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After the publication of the evidence against him: "Shmil Ben-Ari will not participate in 'rehearsals' if there is another season" - Walla! culture

2021-02-28T12:14:05.351Z

Following an investigation that claimed that the actor sexually harassed girls aged 13 and 14, a senior official here tells Walla! Culture: "If there is a second season for 'Rehearsals', the chances of Mill Ben-Ari being in it are nil"



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After the publication of the evidence against him: "Shmil Ben-Ari will not participate in 'rehearsals' if there is another season"

Following an investigation by Haaretz in which it was alleged that the actor Mill Ben-Ari sexually harassed girls aged 13 and 14, a senior official here tells Walla!

Culture: "If there is a second season for 'Rehearsals', the chance that Mill Ben-Ari will be in it is nil"

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Sunday, 28 February 2021, 13:57

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"Zero chance."

Shmil Ben-Ari (Photo: Vered Adir)

"If there is a second season for 'Rehearsals', the chances of Mill Ben-Ari being in it are nil" - he told Walla Walla today (Sunday)!

A senior culture in the corporation here following the investigation published about the actor in the country in which it was alleged that he harassed and sexually assaulted.

"The acts alleged against Shmil Ben-Ari are shocking and pathetic," the senior added.

"Right now we don't even know if there will be a second season. Noa is not in a position to write at all."



This morning, journalist Tamar Kaplansky published in Haaretz testimonies of women alleging harassment and sexual assault by 69-year-old Ben-Ari, when they were 13 and 14-year-old girls.

The testimonies were published after Ben-Ari told Ynet last week in the wake of the Erez Driggs affair: Doubtful. "

Ben-Ari referred to a post recently written by an actress, who testified that he sexually harassed her behind the scenes at the Habima Theater nine years ago.

He added: "If there are those who are 15, 16, 17, 18, etc. who have really been sexually harassed, they will rehabilitate and say and expose, but I say, there is a sense of some contempt for this thing."

More on Walla!

NEWS

I'm the one who blew up the Erez Driggs affair, and the truth is that it also hurts me

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Erez Driggs (Photo: Reuven Castro)

In addition to the case of the same actress, Haaretz published, among other things, the testimony of E., 44, who met Ben-Ari in '90 at David Sidi's "Classic Theater" for children, when she was 14: "I played in 'Peter Pan.' Lots of time, I was there the whole rehearsal period and maybe 15 plays.Mill played Captain Hawk (...) I remember standing behind the scenes for a moment, and he came behind me and just kissed my neck with eroticism. In eroticism that means so slowly. You recognize. "Come from behind and move your hair and kiss a gentle and slow kiss on the back of the head, it's not that he brings you a bossa. In a situation like this you freeze. I was in the market."



Another case in the investigation is that of D., 43, who came to the play "Peter Pan" with the participation of Ben-Ari even before she turned 13. "I remember one of the trips back home, in the production car. I slept. I know I woke up from his finger inside "My mouth. I do not know if there were things beyond that, I put a lot of things behind, but I remember this part with the finger in my mouth for sure," D. claimed.



Shmil Ben-Ari refused to comment on Haaretz's claims.

Shmil Ben-Ari (Photo: Aviv Hofi)

The investigation into Ben-Ari was published after earlier this month the website "Politically reads" published an investigation into his partner in the series "Rehearsals" and who created and stars in it - Erez Driggs.

At its center are testimonies from four women who claim that Driggs sexually harassed them in correspondence on Facebook's messenger.

The playwright and actor corresponded with young women, including minors.

For example, when he was 29, he corresponded with a 17-year-old, identified in an investigation as "Der", and for months he wrote her statements such as "Why not learn (to do for a man by hand) about a handsome cock like mine?", "I will continue to talk here forever and earn more Erections "and" If I rape you you will only benefit from it ".



The investigation came to fruition after journalist Ophir Sagersky (who also writes for Walla, among others) published a status in which she claimed that Driggs had previously sent her sexually explicit messages even though she asked him to stop.



In response to the investigation, Erez Driggs said: "The post written by Ofir Sagarsky following my interview with Yedioth Ahronoth flooded my behavior, behavior that harmed her, behavior that harmed others as well. I am aware of that, I understand this well and therefore even before the things she wrote Part of this change was writing the series Rehearsals, which put in prime time awkward and unworthy sides that I regret and am ashamed of. As part of this change I also revealed in the same interview in the news the messages, the details of which are quoted here.This process is personal, it is not over yet "When the time comes to apologize to those I have harmed, it is important for me to emphasize that I have never let any personal interest influence professional decisions. I will never and I will outright reject any hint that claims otherwise."



Meanwhile, Israel Today reporter Eran Suissa published today that following the investigation into the sexual harassment of Driggs, his big campaign and that of Noa Koller for one of the big banks - was canceled.



In answer to the Walla!

Culture regarding Erez Driggs' participation as an actor or creator in the second season, if there is one at all, the corporation's senior official said today: "We still don't know."

Ten days ago, after the publication of the investigation into Driggs, the senior said there was a good chance that the second season would not include Driggs.

"We don't know everything because everything is still completely fresh, but there is a high probability that it will happen. Now it all depends on Noa Koller if she wants to write another season."

More on Walla!

NEWS

Noa Koller: "I am broken and in pain, I did not know about Erez's behavior, my heart goes out to the victims"

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