Report: Hollywood Mogul Arnon Milchan Denies Gifts to Netanyahu Were Bribes

Arnon Milchan
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The Times of Israel reports: An Israeli-born Hollywood billionaire at the center of a corruption investigation involving Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has reportedly denied bribing the premier and said the gifts he gave to Netanyahu and his wife Sara were not in exchange for the advancement of his business interests.

Questioned under caution by Israeli police investigators in London last week, Arnon Milchan said there was no basis for the bribery allegations against him and that the hundreds of thousands of shekels worth of cigars and champagne he reportedly gave to the Netanyahus stemmed from his years-long friendship with the family, Channel 2 reported Wednesday.

The Channel 2 story followed reports in Hebrew media on Tuesday that the interrogation of Milchan, which took place over a number of sessions last week in London, marked the first time the billionaire was questioned as a suspect in the criminal investigation known as Case 1000.

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