Brooklyn DA Addresses Satmar Rebbe Over Remarks On Williamsburg Abuse Case

By Sandy Eller (Vos Iz Neias)
December 4, 2012

In an explosive audio interview obtained by VIN News, to be aired on Zev Brenner’s Talkline program tonight, Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes makes the unprecedented move of taking the Satmar Rebbe to task for his recent comments on the Weberman case, calling the Rebbe’s words “inappropriate.”

Listen to interview below:

According to reports that have been circulating for the past few days, which were also quoted today in the New York Post, the Satmar Grand Rebbe, Rabbi Aaron Teitelbaum, seemed to be voicing his disapproval for the victim at a fundraiser this past weekend.

Hynes expressed his disappointment at the Rebbe’s words, describing the Rebbe as a prominent religious leader, and urged the Satmar Rebbe to avoid statements of this kind in the future.

“If he had paid any attention to the objective reporting that was found in the daily newspapers and the facts on the table he would not have come to that conclusion,” said Hynes.

Hynes praised the leadership of the Crown Heights community for issuing a ruling stating that in cases of child molestation, everyone has an obligation to come forward and report the abuse and expressed his frustration that leaders in Williamsburg have not followed suit.

“It is just not right to shun someone who has been sexually violated,” declared Hynes. “There should be support for the victims, not the defendants.”

DA Hynes also added that three of the four men who were arrested last week for photographing the victim while she was testifying on the witness stand will be prosecuted to fullest extent of the law for judicial contempt, a misdemeanor. If convicted, each of the three men could be facing a one year jail term.