His Side, a controversial book by Channel 2's Health Reporter Yoav Even, has gone viral since its publication last week, with over 111,000 downloads of the e-book being registered thus far. In US terms, this would be the rough equivalent of 5 million readers in less than one week.
The book tells the story that began with Even's acquaintance with a woman who contacted him through Facebook, and with whom he wound up having a single sexual encounter. Several days later, she filed a police complaint against Even, according to which he had raped her after apparently drugging her.
Even denied this and brought evidence that the complainant was lying, he said that it was she who behaved aggressively toward him, slapping him in the face on several occasions.
According to the book, titled His Side, Even found himself under arrest and arraignment, and later house arrest, in a harrowing process that caused him to contemplate suicide, should he be found guilty. He insisted throughout that he was innocent and demanded to be given a lie detector test, which showed he was telling the truth when he denied drugging the complainant. His plight was made worse by the fact that he was a well-known personality – so that rumors about his fate flew about very intensively, despite a strict gag order on the case.
In the book, Even describes how he had to fight not just the complainant but also then-journalist Merav Michaeli; Michal Rozin, who headed the Union of Rape Crisis Centers, and other prominent feminist activists who insisted that he was guilty although they had never met the complainant.
All this took place in 2011. By the next year, both Rozin and Michaeli became Knesset Members, for Meretz and Labor, respectively.
Despite the gag order, Even's name was published by ultra-leftist blogger Richard Silverstein, who is based in Seattle. Even suspected that the story had been leaked to Silverstein by feminist activists in order to bypass the gag order.
Lack of evidence
The investigation was concluded with a recommendation not to press charges against Even, because of “lack of evidence.” Even felt that this left him with a stain that he had to get rid of – by writing the book, and by appealing to the court to change the grounds of the decision to “lack of guilt.”
The accuser, who filed a motion to reverse the State Attorney's decision to drop charges, has, meanwhile, undergone a sex change operation, and is now a he.
In the book, Even called for punishment of women who file false complaints against men – something that Israel's genderist-controlled legal establishment does not do. He wrote that he was unable to find a publisher for the book, which is viewed as highly "incorrect" in leftist-controlled political circles. He therefore decided to opt for a viral e-book.
The complainant was quoted in Ynet as denying s/he had filed false charges. “I had no interest in harming him,” s/he told Ynet. “All of the warm responses make him into a hero,” s/he complained. “I don't have millions of friends like him and I don't have the same kind of power as he does, and he exploits his status and receives free PR.”