Israeli President Moshe Katsav has been accused of sexual harassment by a former employee of a ministry he headed, a newspaper reported on Tuesday.
An anonymous woman told the Maariv newspaper that Katsav had harassed her sexually 10 years earlier and that she had to leave her job "for rejecting his advances".
The 61-year-old head of state has dismissed the accusation, saying in a statement that he "had not the slightest idea" who his accuser was.
Katsav had earlier told prosecutor general Menachem Mazouz that a former employee in the presidency office had threatened to accuse him of sexual harassment unless he found her a job in a ministry.
Up to now, however Katsav has not made a formal complaint. The prosecutor's office has asked him for further details.