Israeli entertainer indicted for assault


JERUSALEM  (JTA) — An Israeli television star was indicted for planning assaults on media figures.

Dudu Topaz, a talk show and game show host and star of variety and satire programs, was indicted Thursday in Tel Aviv District Court on several counts of conspiracy to commit a crime, aggravated assault and obstruction of justice for allegedly ordering attacks on top television executives, television figures and a newspaper editor.

Topaz also allegedly was planning an attack against his ex-wife and her husband.

During an interrogation earlier this month, he reportedly confessed to planning the media attacks. Three accomplices also were indicted.

Shortly after his arrest, Topaz, a diabetic, attempted to commit suicide in prison with an insulin overdose.

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