London Haredi Rabbi Rape And Sex Scandal?
A very prominent haredi rabbi in London has allegedly used his position as a marriage counselor to coerce women into having sex with him. The rabbi was allegedly exposed to the rabbinic heads of Kedassia (the haredi Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations) when one of those women taped the rabbi and threatened to give to police unless the rabbi resigns and leaves town. (She may have also given a copy to the Kedassia beit din, religious court.) Several haredi rabbis have privately tried to get this rabbi to resign his positions and leave London, but no one has called police. So far, the rabbi has refused to leave the city and Kedassia heads have allegedly asked the rabbis to leave the city, but have taken no action past that.
This situation appears to very similar to the case against alleged child rapist Rabbi Nechemya Weberman of Williamsburg – except no one in hasidic leadership in Williamsburg has done anything to try to deal with Weberman. (Weberman was eventually arrested because an alleged victim went to police.)
A London haredi blog has discussed some of the scandal in very opaque terms.
I have the name of this rabbi and a few more details, but I won't publish them until I can get confirmation.
Here is the Jewish Chronicle's brief article on the London scandal via IfYouTickleUs. It isn't online yet: