January 19, 2018
Marc Gafni says for the last 14 years, there’s been a “smear campaign” to “demonize” him and slander his reputation. The former rabbi has been accused of sexually inappropriate behavior, which he adamantly denies.
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In the video above from Friday’s episode of Dr. Phil, Dr. Phil reads a letter from Sarah, who alleges that Gafni sexually assaulted her when she was 13 and 14 years old, and he was 19. In the letter, she states, “I persistently tried to push him away from me. I told him, ‘No!’ repeatedly … He told me that I must keep what he did to me a secret and if I told, I would be blamed and shamed by my parents.”
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Gafni responds. “What you just read from Sarah is absolutely and categorically not true,” he says. “I was madly in love with Sara. Sara wrote me beautiful love letters at the time.” However, Gafni admits the relationship was a mistake and says he takes responsibility for it.
“You just said, ‘I was in love with her.’ She was a child, Marc,’” Dr. Phil says. “You were a 19-year-old man and you’re saying you were in love with a 13-year-old child? Does that not fit in your ear wrong?”