May 31, 2009

Police link Topaz in Israeli media plot

Israeli entertainer Dudu Topaz said Sunday he had no involvement in brutal attacks on Israeli media figures despite allegations by police.

Topaz, who was arrested in Tel Aviv, Israel, Sunday, denied police accusations he helped orchestrate the assaults that have taken place in the last seven months, The Jerusalem Post reported.

Let them try to prove it -- everything I have to say I will tell police, Topaz told reporters.

Among those attacked were Shira Margalit, Channel 2 Reshet TV executive vice president for content and programming, and Avi Nir, director general for the Keshet concessionaire. Nir suffered minor injuries when attacked in November, while Margalit endured a broken nose and orbital fractures during her May assault.

The Post said the arrest of Topaz came the day after security guards Suleiman Hiadra and Ayman Zabidat were arrested in connection with the assaults. Police suspect the men may have been sent to conduct the attacks by another party.