Ex-employee of Israeli PM sues over alleged abuse

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Associated Press

Posted on March 20, 2014 at 7:32 AM

Updated Thursday, Mar 20 at 7:33 AM

JERUSALEM (AP) — A former employee at the official residence of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has filed a lawsuit alleging he was abused by the Israeli leader's wife, Sara.

Netanyahu's office has rejected the claims as "outrageous."

The lawsuit by Menny Neftali, a former member of the housekeeping staff, says he was subjected to abusive language and ethnic insults by Sara Netanyahu. Among his claims, he alleges she woke him at 3 a.m. to chastise him for buying the wrong kind of milk. In another case, he says she threw a vase of day-old flowers on the floor, scolding him that they were not fresh enough.

Neftali is seeking about $280,000 in damages in Israeli Labor court.

It is the latest scandal to hit the Netanyahus, who have been accused of extravagant spending.

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