Tel Aviv - A top aide to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stood aside Thursday after 12 women accused him of engaging in sexually inappropriate behaviour, local media reported.
David Keyes, Netanyahu's foreign media spokesman, said in a statement cited by the Times of Israel that he was taking time off "to clear my name," following accusations from the women. "I am fully confident the truth will come out," the statement added.
One of the women, New York Senate candidate Julia Salazar, said on Twitter Tuesday she "was a victim of sexual assault by David Keyes." Additionally, the Wall Street Journal reported that he sexually assaulted her in his New York apartment in 2013.
Wall Street Journal reporter Shayndi Rice later wrote the she "also had a terrible encounter with David Keyes once and 100 per cent believe [Salazar]."
"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," Rice tweeted.