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Talansky headed to U.S. court over altercation

The U.S. businessman linked to bribery allegations against Ehud Olmert is due to appear in a New York court.

The case involves an alleged altercation between businessman Morris Talansky, 75, and his longtime dentist.

The dentist, Leonard Barashick, 84, says last summer Talansky threw him against a wall with a fist as big as a “kosher ham” in a Baldwin, New York, dental lab, the Jerusalem Post reported. According to the Post, the Nassau County District Attorney’s office says Talansky was arrested in July and charged with third-degree assault.

Talansky flew to Tel Aviv on Thursday from New York to attend a family function. He declined to speak to reporters, and it was not clear how long he planned to stay in Israel. Talansky was not available to respond to questions about the alleged altercation with the New York dentist.

Talansky sent Israeli politics into disarray last month by testifying in court that he gave Olmert some $150,000 in cash campaign contributions and unreturned loans over the 13 years before Olmert became prime minister.

Olmert has denied wrongdoing in the case.

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