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Businessman Hogeg said implicated in sexual assault of minor as remand extended

Businessman Moshe Hogeg, owner of Israeli soccer club Beitar Jerusalem, was remanded in custody until next Wednesday as footage he provided to investigators reportedly implicated him in the sexual assault of a minor.

Hogeg was arrested last week. According to court documents, he is suspected of 21 offenses, including money laundering, theft, and fraud, as well as crimes entailing sexual and moral turpitude currently under gag order.

According to a Channel 13 news report on Wednesday, Hogeg presented to police videos of his sexual encounters with a model, as part of an effort to dispute the allegations of sexual assault against him.

However, the videos also featured an underage girl who was filmed without her knowledge, during a sexual act, exposing him to additional charges, the television report said.

Two of Hogeg’s relatives were released to house arrest on Thursday, Hebrew media reported, after police were said to have concluded their interrogation earlier than expected.

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The developments came a day after Channel 13 aired detailed testimony by a former employee of a model agency, Danielle Cohen, about the alleged sexual assault carried out by Hogeg against a model, as well as detailing the financial relationships he had with others.

Danielle Cohen (Screen grab/Channel 13)

Hogeg has denied the accusation of assault and said the sex was consensual.

Read more: Alleged crypto scams, sex offenses, unpaid bills: The claims against Moshe Hogeg

In a separate report on Tuesday, the Haaretz daily said police had signed a state witness agreement with an individual connected to the investigation into Hogeg on suspicion of involvement in alleged massive fraud related to cryptocurrencies and sexual assault.

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Moshe Hogeg, Israeli businessman and Beitar Jerusalem owner, seen at the team’s training ground in Jerusalem on June 25, 2019. (Flash90)

Hogeg is a tech entrepreneur and cryptocurrency trader.

In 2018 he bought the Beitar Jerusalem soccer team. In September, he said he would sell the club, citing anti-Arab racist tendencies among its “ungrateful” fans.

In May, Hogeg was one of a group of businesspeople sued by former employees of an Israeli venture capital fund who claim that three of Israel’s largest initial blockchain coin offerings of 2017 and 2018 were outright scams.

Hogeg has denied the allegations and said the lawsuit is an attempt by disgruntled employees to extort him.


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