MK Oren Hazan of Likud on Tuesday strongly denied a Channel 2 report that he committed crimes, decrying the “sick imaginations” of the media.
A post on his Facebook page said he was preparing a libel suit.
The MK was on Monday night accused in a Channel 2 report of past criminal activity during a trip to Bulgaria, including “arranging” escorts for gamblers at a casino and using hard drugs.
A casino employee said that Hazan, who serves as deputy chairman of the Knesset, would request “pretty girls, with a big chest”.
According to the report, Hazan apparently managed a casino that was not associated with the adjacent hotel. The Bulgarian casino employee said in the report that Hazan paid for the women.
An Israeli tourist was interviewed and said Hazan helped guide him to prostitutes. “He knew the people,” he said.
Also interviewed for the report was the manager of the Red Rose club next to the casino, which according to the report served essentially as an escort service.
The club manager said that Hazan – whom she described as “the big boss” – took 500 lev, or about NIS 1,200. “The driver would come here and talk to me,” she said. “I would tell him the price and then he would take.” She said Hazan would pay up front and then ride off with the women.
The report also showed a casino patron who said he had spent an entire night smoking cannabis and crystal methamphetamine with Hazan, who purchased the drugs.
A tourist interviewed for the report said that two friends would go with Hazan to buy the meth. “I wasn’t with them when they made the purchase, but they bought from someone, some dealer they found on the street,” he said.
“They did a little with him and then came back with it. We went back to the hotel and smoked a little. We smoked grass and did crystal meth that night.”
An Israeli casino employee corroborated this account. “We went to some guy on the street,” he said. “We didn’t know what crystal meth. Somehow we got to him bringing something, and he brought us that blue.”
The employee said he was certain that Hazan also did the drug. “Definitely. One hundred per cent. One hundred percent.”