Ex-Chelsea boss Avram Grant 'stripped naked in meeting, flashed his penis and pestered women for sex', TV doc claims

EX-CHELSEA boss Avram Grant stripped naked in business meetings and pestered women for sex, it is claimed.

A string of high profile women have accused Grant, 67, of exposing himself, forcibly kissing them and demanding intercourse, according to an Israeli TV investigation.



One woman who was 43 years younger than him at the time told how she “froze” in terror when he took her hand and placed it on his groin area.

After rebuffing his demands for sex she stayed the night in his flat only to wake the next morning to find him stood before her naked.

Another woman who was a successful model said she met him for career advice only for him to take all his clothes off, lie on a bed and say: “Let’s have sex.”

Grant shot to fame in 2007 when he was made the manager of Chelsea by owner Russian-Jewish billionaire Roman Abramovich – leading them to the Champions League final.

The revelations on Israel’s Channel 12’s investigative show Exposure come 12 years after The Sun caught Grant visiting a brothel while he was Portsmouth manager.

At the time Grant, who wore a Portsmouth tracksuit for his visit, denied doing anything wrong and said: “I got the massage from a rather old woman. I wish they would publish some pictures of her because she was so old it is obvious she is not a hooker."

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He has now apologised after TV journalist Haim Etgar’s investigation exposed what has been dubbed the “Grant Method” of approaching women.

Grant said: “I apologise from the depth of my heart.”

He had already managed Israel’s top two teams, Maccabi Tel Aviv and Maccabi Haifa, and the national team, when he shot to worldwide fame after his friend Roman Abramovich appointed him as Chelsea boss in 2007.

Some of the women alleged Grant – who went on to manage Portsmouth and West Ham after leaving Stamford Bridge – sexually harassed them in London.

They are all high profile women journalists or models in Israel but their identifies were concealed for last night’s broadcast.

One Israeli model said her encounter occurred in London on a match day.

He said: ‘Let’s have sex’ repeatedly and mentioned the name of the agent like he was hinting it may harm my career if I won’t sleep with him

She sobbed as she said: “I met him for work because I was told he knows many people and he can help me and he knows very important modelling and sports agents.

“He went into my room and we had small talk and then out of nowhere he took his clothes off, laid on the bed and started talking to me.

“He said: ‘Let’s have sex’ repeatedly and mentioned the name of the agent like he was hinting it may harm my career if I won’t sleep with him.

“I came for work only and was shocked. I feared maybe I will lose the campaign. I said again and again no. I tried to leave but he stood in the door and kept saying ‘come on’.

“There was no physical force but I felt locked in. At one point I just wanted to get it over and to get away, so he could finish and I would be over with it.

“After it I wanted to vomit, his saliva, his smell, I just wanted to wash it.

“Then he tried again but that time I said no and he left. I felt awful, I tried to wash myself, it broke me apart. That incident cut my dream."

In 2020 a woman who was 43 years younger than Grant went to see him for career advice.

'SHOCKED'

She said: “I was 21 years old and called him. I spoke to him and was charmed, he asked to meet me to know me so he can find a job.

“We met in a flat and he told me you can feel at ease, you can take your clothes off.

“I thought he was joking but I sat away from him. He asks me to come close to give a hug and then he hugged me very strongly and didn’t let go.

“I felt unease and he put his hand on my thigh and I moved it. And then after seconds, he held my neck strongly and turned my face forcefully to kiss me. I shook and said no.

“I was shocked and asked to go home. I don’t understand what happened to me. I could have got out but I was frozen, I felt caged. I felt that I can’t say no.

“Later I sat on his bed fully clothed, he asked me to touch him and I refused. At one point he took my hand and put it on his penis.

 “I went to the bathroom crying and waited for him to fall asleep.

“In the morning as I woke up, I saw his penis in front of me, I was shocked and left.”

A female journalist added: “I met him during my work when I was young. He said I can help you a lot, even when I was miked up and connected to the director.

“I learned to avoid him and never meet him alone. I received dozens of messages to come to London, that is a harassment, I kept saying no and no.

“He calls day and night; he can call 17 times a day. He asked to meet me and said I will fix you up with the right people. I’m well connected, smart, it will be great for your career I said no, not interested.”

A former player in the national team said Grant’s behaviour towards women was common knowledge but nothing was done about it.

Several women said they were denied access to Grant on a professional level after rebuffing his advances.

They also said his behaviour was an open secret in football.

Another female journalist said: “I was a young reporter in my 20s. I was an up and coming reporter just starting to work and looking for a scoop.

“One night he asked to meet me up and so we did. He got close, hold me strongly and tried to kiss me, I said no and left, that kiss revolted me.”

In 2010, when Grant was managing Portsmouth, The Sun told how he used his chauffeur-driven Lexus to visit the Thai Siam massage parlour behind a row of second-hand car dealerships on an industrial estate in Horton Heath, Hants.

The parlour, which was later shut down, was just 15 minutes' drive from Portsmouth’s training ground.

Pompey declined to comment but Grant's eccentric wife, Israeli actress Tzofit, defended him.

'DISTURBING'

She said: “He works so hard, I think he deserves a massage once a day, and from two women, not one."

The TV journalist, Etgar, said on Facebook this was the “most disturbing and difficult investigation I have worked on in recent years”.

He added: “The women’s testimonies all told the same story. A story about the powerful, well-connected coach who can easily launch a career, about how he knew how to use his position with young women who felt grateful to him for his help, but he took advantage of it and harmed them.”

Etgar said that he and Channel 12 had come under “massive pressure” from associates of Grant, with threats of legal action and attempts to undermine the women.

Grant, whose last job in football management was in 2018 as boss of NorthEast United in the Indian Super League, issued a statement following the TV investigation.

He said: “In my life, both in a personal and professional capacity, I have always sought, above and beyond any successes or achievements, to prioritize staying a human being and to respect every woman or man, whoever they may be.

“I am a people person, a man of friendships. And over the years I have maintained relationships with women.

"In all these relationships I have tried very hard to treat them with respect and friendship and I never intended to behave unfairly or in any way harm any woman.

"Anyone who has felt uncomfortable or hurt by me, I regret it and apologize from the bottom of my heart."

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