Sara Netanyahu
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S.R., the haredi woman suing Sara Netanyahu, the wife of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, filed a complaint with the police over death threats she received following the filing of her lawsuit Friday.

The woman claims Sara Netanyahu abused her when she worked in the Prime Minister's residence as a cleaning woman.

S.R.'s lawyers decided to file the police complaint over the death threats.

The police said that "upon completion of the collection, the complaint will be transferred to the competent investigative bodies and in consultation with the State Prosecutor's Office, they will decide how to continue handling it."

S.R., who is married and a mother of three , began working on the second floor of the residence two months ago, on August 27, 2017. She worked there for only a month, and is currently filing for NIS 225,000 ($63,780), claiming Sara belittled her, abused her, yelled at her, was cruel towards her, and even wanted to hit her.

"I never imagined that I would have to suffer abuse like that I suffered in the Prime Minister's residence at the hands of Sara Netanyahu," she told Yediot Aharonot. "I came into the Prime Minister's residence a happy, smiling, healthy woman who simply wanted to earn money to support her family. I left broken, depressed, sad, without any energy, barely functioning, paranoid and suffering from nightmares every night."

"For an entire month, every day, every hour, Sara Netanyahu terrorized me. Every little thing I did drove her crazy, until she lost control of herself. I keep thinking, 'Why did this happen to me? Why did I deserve to be treated like a slave?' At the end of the day, I came to work. As a girl and as a woman, no one ever yelled at me, no one ever tried to hurt me. I was always loved. And suddenly I come to the Prime Minister's residence, the place that is supposed to be the most respectful on earth, and I am treated violently, in a hurtful and abusive manner, by Mrs. Netanyahu. It was and is a complete shock for me."

The cleaner also claimed that she had to report for a military-style "cleaning briefing," and could only eat and drink at certain hours. In addition, she said she had to "come to work without makeup and without jewelry, and was not allowed to use cosmetics or creams." She was not allowed to use the residence's bathroom, she claimed, and was forced to use the security guards' restroom outside the building. She also was not allowed to eat or drink during the day.

Yossi Cohen, Sara Netanyahu's attorney, told Channel 10 that "this is a frivolous, contemptible, and baseless claim. Enough already. They work a few days and then claim NIS 250,000? This is inconceivable."