Head of Organization for Abuse Victims Apologizes to R’ Lankry, Deletes Multiple Tweets, Admits NYP Story Fake

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NEW YORK (VINnews) — Asher Lovy, Director of the Za’akah organization, has apologized for attacking Rabbi Aharon Lankry on social media, after R’ Lankry defended an innocent man accused of trying to abduct a child. He also admitted that the account in the NY Post about the abduction, which he initially took at face value, was false, and admitted he “should have known better than to take the Post’s word and should have waited for more detail from another source.”

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In addition, Lovy deleted a Twitter rant in which he made many baseless presumptions about the case, including one in which he implied that what we now know to be the most likely narrative, that the accused man accompanied the boy through the hall to avoid walking in between women alone, which the Talmud says should be avoided, was as believable as selling the Brooklyn Bridge.

Lovy wrote: “Regarding my earlier coverage of this case, I’ve been getting a lot of criticism for it, some fair, some not, so I’ll address it here. Regardless of how the video can be interpreted, it clearly didn’t happen the way the Post reported. I should have known better than to take the Post’s word and should have waited for more detail from another source. Regarding my comments about the rabbi, had he seen the video before commenting (which I don’t know) his comments while still do come off differently. I still do think that he should have worded his statement differently but give the video he may have seen I was too harsh with him. I admit that and apologize.”

However Lovy still has not apologized to the accused, and still refuses to remove his earlier tweets about the arrest. In addition, he has not deleted the tweet with a picture of the accused.

This is inexcusable, considering that the video shows conclusively that there was no evidence of wrongdoing.

The above tweet has since been deleted

As of the posting of this article, Lovy kept this tweet up, with the name and photo of the innocent man who was wrongly accused.

To be clear, Lovy’s organization may do good work to help abuse victims. However we need to be extremely cautious to not rush to judgement or accuse innocent people with no evidence of wrongdoing.

VINnews conducted an exclusive interview with Rabbi Lankry, the Rav of the shul in which the incident took place, who obtained camera footage which assisted in exonerating the accused.

Below is the footage of the incident from the shul surveillance camera:

(It should be noted that there are still some charges pending, however in the court of public opinion the broad consensus is that this was not an attempted abduction and the man did nothing wrong.)


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Josè
Josè
10 months ago

These people totally overreacted here, there was obviously no serious
wrongdoing here and they’re trying to ruin a person’s life for no good reason. The story of the ‘abusive rabbi’ is too tempting for some.

Yesh din viyesh dayan
Yesh din viyesh dayan
10 months ago

Mr. Lovy is a dangerous idiot liar. He besmirched an innocent Yid and will pay dearly for his reckless actions.

Mmj
Mmj
10 months ago

The person did nothing wrong and the charges need to be dropped immediately.

Twits
Twits
10 months ago

Someone who spoke lashon hara and got tzoraas had to bring a sacrifice of birds because of ” tweeting”. Twitter can be dangerous and is a waste of time.

zlate1
zlate1
10 months ago

Obviously the man is innocent.

However in today’s world it pays to be cautious.

If I see a child in distress I keep my distance physically while trying to help.

An adult the child doesn’t know should never touch a child regardless of circumstances..

That way lies trouble.

Yehuda Lev
Yehuda Lev
10 months ago

Again,why is nobody calling out the mother of the boy or who had the immense chutzpah for calling the police on this perfectly innocent,upright and heaven fearing Talmud chochom?!
In a society that we live in today where we have real criminals running rampant all around us with anti semitic incidents on the rise exponentially ❗

Dov
Dov
10 months ago

Whoever took part in the accusation needs a big Kapporoh, even if it was by mistake. They also have to ask themselves, what did they do, that caused Hashem to bring such Michshol into their hands.

Shower Yisrael
Shower Yisrael
10 months ago

He needs to stop identifying himself as a victim and move on…… Being stuck in the past has not allowed him to move forward. Yes he was hurt, but he has now hurt an innocent individual because he himself is still hurting.

yosher
yosher
10 months ago

Lovy has many Aveiros in his file for this and he will be held to account. The damage to us by his arrogantly accusing and condemning makes future events of this sort R’L less credible,,,like crying wolf. He and his organization are no longer of trust nor value.

hard at work yeshiva grad
hard at work yeshiva grad
10 months ago

This asher love guy seems to have had a pretty terrifying childhood from what he writes in his articles; his own mom abused him for years. Poor dude. Can’t blame him from sometimes getting a little over the top. Still seems like he was wrong here.

Truth
Truth
10 months ago

Now no one shall help any minor in distress, to many reshaim in New York

Golda
Golda
10 months ago

Why ae women congregating in the men’s exit/entrance area? Or is there only one entrance to the shul? I have never seen a frum shul where women and men congregate in one area. There is much tarivus going on.

Something for us all to learn from
Something for us all to learn from
10 months ago

There’s something special we see when someone makes a mistake and with humility, takes responsibility and apologizes.

When Weberman and Walder scandals broke, there were many, many, choshiva people backing the monsters. I wonder if Asher’s apology will give them chizuk to come forward now, stand up and take responsibility for their involvement in the tovia.

Devora
Devora
10 months ago

Hardly tempting. It’s not a rare phenomenon.

Triumphinwhitehouse
Triumphinwhitehouse
10 months ago

Maybe shomrim needs to be eliminated?

Memere613
Memere613
10 months ago

Why couldn’t the accused hold onto his tzitzis and avoid this sad event? In today’s world you do not ask a random child to walk with you anywhere.

Fisher
Fisher
10 months ago

Here’s the thing: everyone wants to be dan l’kaf zechus and not ruin an innocent man’s reputation, and that’s important. But if everyone’s being dan l’kaf zechus all the time, who’s making people aware of potential dangers to their children? It’s great that this guy probably isn’t a danger to kids. But often people who seem like a danger are a danger, and people need to be cautious and aware. Nobody wants to damage an innocent person’s reputation. Mistakes are unfortunate. But protecting children should be the priority. Better safe than sorry.

Leah T.
Leah T.
10 months ago

While this incident is unfortunate, I’m glad it’s bringing attention to the important work Zaakah does. Asher Lovy publicizes information about dangerous abusers in order for the community to be empowered to protect children. When these things are kept hush hush, children and parents are vulnerable because they’re not aware of potential dangers. This website never quotes Asher when he’s rightfully spreading awareness of true dangers. They’re obviously delighted to catch him in a mistake. But to me, his quick correction and apology only shows his integrity and his commitment to protecting children. Besides, he’s absolutely right that people shouldn’t trust an unverified whatsapp message when weighed against the dangers. We’re talking about abuse of children, damage that scars for life. Zaakah publicizes this kind of information as a public service to the community, so parents can protect their children, and gets frequently criticized for it, when as a community, we actually owe Asher Lovy hakaras hatov.

anonymous
anonymous
10 months ago

Sad, but all his good work is overshadowed by his one move that he half heartedly admits to be ERRONEOUS !!!