Israeli singer Eyal Golan’s father Danny Biton, who was convicted of a number of sexual offenses, died Sunday morning at Hillel Yaffe Medical Center in Hadera after contracting COVID-19.
According to the Kan public broadcaster, 71-year-old Biton had been hospitalized in serious condition for a week prior to his death.
In April 2015 Biton was sentenced to two years in prison after he was convicted of procuring minors for purposes of prostitution, among other offenses.
The scandal caused widespread controversy, as Golan — one of Israel’s most famous and successful entertainers — was himself alleged to have had sex with some of the teenage girls. However, prosecutors, in the end, did not charge Golan in the case.
According to Biton’s indictment, he systematically arranged meetings between his son and young female fans 15 to 20 years of age at events where Golan performed, including the reality television programs “Eyal Golan Is Calling You” and “Hakochav Haba,” the Israeli edition of “Rising Star.”
He was charged with using his son’s fame as a well-known performer to take advantage of the girls, knowing that they suffered socioeconomic hardship and had difficulties at home.
The indictment stated that Biton “used his family connection with Eyal to increase his standing among Eyal’s female fans and his own acquaintances. He would trick the young fans and treat them in a scornful and humiliating manner, as though they were objects whose purpose was to gratify and serve him, including his and his acquaintances’ sexual desires.”