Rabbi Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto, his top aide (and ex porn distributor and relative) Benzion Suky, and Pinto's US organization sued Ilana Dayan and Israel's Channel 2 News in a New York court last year for defamation. Today a US court threw the lawsuit out and castigated Pinto and Suky for filing it.
Above: Rabbi Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto
Sefardi Haredi Kabbalist Loses US Defamation Lawsuit
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
It's been a bad day for Sefardi haredi kabbalist Rabbi Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto.
Pinto, his top aide (and relative) Benzion Suky, and Pinto's US organization sued Ilana Dayan and Israel's Channel 2 News in a New York court last year for defamation.
Dayan exposed much of Pinto's darker side in an investigative report. Pinto, Suky, et al, claimed enough people living in the US could see the report online for a US lawsuit to be justified.
After dragging out the proceedings as long as they could, today Pinto, Suky – an ex porn distributor –et al had their case tossed out of court. They were also ordered to pay Dayan and Channel 2's legal fees and were barred from bringing the case to any other US court.
You can read about in Hebrew on Globes here.
Pinto also lost his Israel Supreme Court appeal today of his one-year prison sentence for bribery and obstruction of justice. But he still doesn't have to report to prison for more than a month, plenty of time for Pinto to disappear or cook up some other escape plan.