New York state Senate candidate Julia Salazar on Monday said she was sexually assaulted by a spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “I’ve been informed that a story is about to run which identifies me as a victim of sexual assault. Before this 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,” she wrote. “This story appears to be an effort to cast doubt on my, and other women’s, accusations against Keyes… I strongly believe sexual assault survivors should not be outed in this way, and am saddened by the effect this story may have on other women.” Salazar, a Democratic socialist, added that she’s spoken to journalists “on background” about her assault, but never on the record. This comes after it was revealed that Salazar did not graduate from Columbia University as she previously implied, which prompted government watchdog Citizens Union to drop its endorsement of her candidacy. The New York Daily News reports that an anonymous op-ed posted in The Times of Israel—written by a woman claiming she graduated from Columbia—alleges that Keyes forced himself on her in his apartment and would not let her leave until she “submitted” to him.
SOURCE: The Daily Beast (Keyes is a former Beast contributor.)